A lucky break (or, really, drag)
What’s incredible about my story is that my friend dragged me along to this course, which I had no intention of attending, but then, somehow, I liked it. And he…didn’t. Fast forward to now, and I have no idea what my life would be like without it had he not done that that day. What an unrepayable debt I owe to him!! I’m actually not sure if he’s done it yet or not – I will have to check and make him do it soon : ).
Pray, don’t spray
All was well — for a while. The course was going fine, but when I started doing that vigorous breathing exercise (what did they call it?), snot came flying out of my nose in ridiculous quantities. I was worried!!! What would the people around me think? It is actually a miracle, in retrospect, that I stuck with it through all that. But, I guess with the power of the Kriya and pranayams, don’t you know it, in a couple of months, it went away!!!
Tongue (and body)-tied
One thing that I noticed after the course was that I was able to speak. Not that I wasn’t able to speak before – I’m talking about giving speeches. When I used to do it, I would shake like crazy, jumble up my words like I didn’t know my own language, and rush through it, barely enunciating and hardly giving anyone a chance to hear or think. But somehow, after some simple body-breath-coordination exercises, it was gone – not completely, but a lot. Before, when I would give presentations for whatever reason in school, I would always rank near the bottom – I don’t even know how low, they didn’t tell me (probably good, to save my feelings). But the first time I spoke after the course, I got third out of a large group!!!! AMAZING!!!!
Note: These are Arpit’s true stories, but he had some help writing them.