I started this blog with the main intention of being 100% honest with all of my readers. That being said, I must confess a truth to all of you. I stopped doing yoga for an entire week. No, it was not planned as a part of a post idea. It was also not a way to show everyone that they do not have to do Yoga every day to feel the effects.
I let myself come up with excuse after excuse for a week not to do my yoga practice. The first day I did not do my practice was because I just could not pull myself from the show I was currently binge watching on Netflix. The following days I started feeling a little unwell and that became my second excuse. I felt shaky, unbalanced, and almost like I would if I were about to get a cold.
I let myself come up with excuse after excuse for a week not to do my yoga practice.
The thought had not occurred to me that I was feeling these things because I was not actively trying to balance my body anymore. I began my yoga routine again on the 8th day by doing it as soon as I woke up in the morning. This stopped me from being able to talk myself out of it. I am not much of a morning person so my conscious is less likely to argue with my subconscious during that time of day!
When I did this, I found the following three truths immediately:
- My body physically felt sore and tired when I did not practice Yoga at least 20 minutes per day. I felt almost as if I had not had my cup of morning coffee, even after I had it. The moment I started my practice again on the 8th day, I realized how much my body seemed to relax more as if I was stretching the stress from my muscles.
- My mind began to feel more and more crowded as I got further away from the last time I did Yoga. Vinyasa is like meditation for me when I have to focus on intentional breathing as I go into each posture. As I was able to focus on my breathing for 30 minutes of my day again, I felt the brain fog lift and my mind felt open and expansive.
- When I started my practice again, I realized that I had lost a little of the gains I had made. This is the first exercise that I have undertaken and not quit after the first week. That being said, it means that I have a long way to go in endurance, balance, and flexibility. Practicing Yoga for 30 minutes a day for 45 days straight had made me proud of myself. However, I did not realize how far I had come until I did a little backslide. For example, my heels were no longer on my mat for downward dog.
Does this mean I gave up?
It would have been easy for me to blame everything else going on in my life for not doing my yoga for a week. It would have been easy to tell myself that I had already lost what I gained and that there was no point to start again. But I read a quote the other day that smacked me so hard into reality I can not shake it.
It takes just as much strength to make ourselves miserable as it does to make ourselves happy.
So that is what I did, I actively told myself that I was GOING to start my practice again. I walked up to my closet, pulledout my matt, bought me some new gloves, and got to streching! And you know what? Being proud of myself feels sp much better than downing myself.
I may have a long way to go when it comes to being able to empower myself, but atleast I can find victory in the small steps! I used to think I had to know the beginning, middle, and end in order to get started. That is so far from the truth it should be a crime to say to ourselves! The beauty is in the small steps !
Positive Vibes Always,