Let’s be real. Did you make a resolution?
Did you last the first day? Or two? Or the first week?
My goals this year were to:
1.) Floss daily
2.) No drinking on week nights
And what did I do Sunday, January 1st. Had a
couple few cocktails and forgot to floss. Woops.
Honestly, you have to go easy on yourself this time of year. You’ll have slip ups. You just have to know how to get back on track. Overall I vowed to become more spiritual in 2012.
In high school, the nights before any test, I used to wake up covered in hives. My chest would be on fire and I couldn’t sleep. I tried lots of different lotions and potions before really recognizing my problem. I was so stressed out and my body was trying to tell me something. I kept trying to fix the symptoms, when all along I should have been trying to look at the root cause.
Senior year we had a “wellness day”. One of my classmates moms’ was a yoga instructor and came into our class. With the desks pushed to the sides of the room, the entire class practiced yoga. I remember my mom picking me up from school that day. I felt like a changed person. It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I felt calm.
It wasn’t until college that I even took another yoga class. Even then it would be sporadic. My body kept telling me it needed the practice though. Whether it be yoga, meditation or controlled breathing techniques, I needed to figure out a way to calm my body down. To relax.
When I entered the fitness industry I was only interested in high intensity, cardiovascular activities. I wanted Spin, kickboxing, total body and circuits.
I wanted to sweat and feel the burn.
Little did I know about yoga.
I took my first Bikram Yoga class in the Spring of 2011. From then on I was hooked. Looking back at my older posts
I recognize how new I was to the practice. Since Bikram, I now go to Baptiste at least once a week. The studio is a place a can go and remove all outside misunderstandings. If I don’t like what’s going on in my life. I practice. It’s not a removal, so much as a way for me to cope with my situations.
In an effort to calm and relax myself from high stress situations, I will bring myself to the mat more. As a group exercise instructor, yoga is something I wouldn’t want to teach. Therefore, it is a way to be taught and be the ultimate student.
What’s your yoga?