Today I went to my first yoga class in probably about 4 months. I go to a yoga studio that does hot, power yoga. So its a little more fast paced and the room is heated to 90 degrees. I felt like I wanted to die. But at the end when we went in to shavasana and the instructor handed out chilled towels for everyone, I laid it over my eyes and I felt a sense of calm. I felt like I had destroyed my body, everything was already sore, but I was satisfied. I had used my body for something that not necessarily everyone else can. I twisted and turned in to positions that I would never normally go in to. I felt taller in the end though and stronger … even though my hammies felt like I couldn’t go up my stairs later in the day!
It felt good to push myself to a limit. And I actually felt more energized for the rest of the day than I normally ever would have. I have a serious addiction to energy drinks. I probably have two sugar free Monster’s every day. But after simply taking one hour out of my day and going to a yoga class, all I wanted was water, and I was more driven and active for the rest of today than I am after I put any kind of caffeine that I put in my body and I only drank water (and two coffees, but still better than energy drinks) all day.
Yoga teaches to appreciate everything. Appreciate what your body can do for you, appreciate the movement, the Ujjayi breath and the ground that is always there to support you. Push yourself to do the more complicated poses because what’s the worst that can happen? You may fall or not be able to do the pose to it’s full extent, but if you keep trying, you will eventually get there and it will most likely happen when you are least expecting it and not being so hard on yourself. Just LET GO! I know this is easier said than done, and I struggle with it every day, but the more that you stop caring and start moving outside of your comfort zone, the more valuable your life will become to you.
This can be applied to everything in life. LET GO. Forget your reservations and just do it. But maybe just slowly at first–like a sloth.