Those of you who haven’t yet guessed from the Featured Image of this blog – Its about Indoor Rock climbing (or wall climbing). This is one of the things I have been wanting to do FOREVER. The fact that neither I had the strength nor an avenue to even remotely experiment and see if I was anywhere close to attempting it; never deterred me. I have for as long as I can remember dreamt of doing it, imagined myself doing it and picturesed myself doing it !!!!
My first brush with rock climbing was a few years back (though for some reason I keep saying last year). I was on a holiday with my brother and since he’s the kind who would gladly let me even jump off a cliff if I wanted to. I tried rock rappelling, while he decided to watch the show. Don’t worry; my brother is super protective and concerned and all of that but he can never let go of a chance to have a good laugh at my cost and was certainly aware of the fact that I wasn’t remotely suicidal. This was supposed to be easier than rock climbing, or so I was told. Long story short, I ended up bouncing myself all over the rock that I was supposed to rapple down. I was badly bruised and battered but determined to return.
Anyways this was the same trip where I was taken for my first ever yoga class by my friend when we were in Bangalore in-transit for this very same holiday. The same class that gave me aches and pains that lasted a week!!! Now come to think of it, not an excellent holiday that one was for me but I returned with valuable lessons. So I took up the Ashtanga yoga practice and have been waiting for an opportunity to try my hand at anything closely related to rock climbing.
A few more years went by and someone told me about a wall at some go-carting place in Powai and I decided to try it out. My son was really small then, so the moment I was like 5 ft high on the wall, he started bawling his heart out. Poor guy, not his fault. I would cry too if I thought my mother was abandoning me. So that didn’t end too well too!
So recently when UACTIV decided to have a rock climbing event, the moment I saw it I was like yes!!! Though I was still pretty scared of what it might end up like for me. So I signed up and decided to show up like how I do for most of the things I am not sure of – with an empty mind. The fact that my husband decided to join in as well was really comforting. I knew that if I fell, I would be at-least allowed to cry without getting too embarrassed about it.
So anyways, the session was more complicated than I thought with detailed instructional talks and practice sessions about tying the knots and belaying and stuff. Everything that a recreational rock climbing session would skip on. So eventually, we decided to climb and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was stronger than I thought I was. Apart from the sheer strength that my yoga practice has managed bestowing on me. The fact that I was in company of the few people who were able to reach all the way to the top was, what Ashtanga Yoga has done to my mind. When I was on that harness trying to climb my way up, it wasn’t about how high I was or how much more there is to go. I was only thinking about the next step. Totally in the present moment- only thinking of the next peg to catch or to step on. And that for me was a huge revelation about how I had changed the very thinking pattern of my mind. What’s called ‘chitta vritti’ in yogic lingo.
I was not always like that; for that matter I might be the most easily distracted person I know of. It was interesting to see how yoga has helped me bring everything together for myself, how it has in a strange way mutated the very thinking of the most stubborn person I knew of.
So without going on and on about myself I would abruptly close off now, because it doesn’t matter what you read or hear about yoga. Its an experiential science. You need to plonk yourself on that mat and look within yourself and what you are and what lies within to be unearthed. However, I do hope now that you have indeed read it , my personal experience would encourage you to at-least give yoga a shot and see if it can create wonders for you to cherish and feast on as it did for me. 🙂