Whenever new students come to practice at my yoga studio, I always make it a point to congratulate them in the locker room for sticking it out the whole ninety minutes.
At least you stayed in the room the whole time, I tell them. I’ve been here for years, and not all first timers do. Consider that a victory.
Every time I’ve said this, new students never fail to become energized. And many of them have come back.
What could you say to someone to reinforce her self-belief that she’s progressed significantly more than most people her exact same situation?
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.