As a successful lifestyle blogger, I’m required to go to at least one yoga class per year. It’s a requirement I take very seriously.
Yesterday as I stretched in a frighteningly quiet room, a calm woman who was not stretching told me that I could replace my negative thoughts with positive ones, and that my struggle was my choice. And I had a huge breakthrough: she was right.
I can choose not to go to yoga anymore. It gives me panic attacks. I spent an hour trying to vaguely mimic what everyone else was doing, but my breathing wouldn’t fall in line. It’s hard to do yoga poses during a panic attack. Nobody should do that. I should not do that. Why would I ever do that?
One of the most important things to learn from yoga is “be where you are.” And I am not at yoga. That, my adequate friends, is what I call a fitness success 🙂
Photo Credit: Inae Bloom
I get it. It can be really hard to stick to an exercise plan. I had the same problem, until I finally found something that matches my life and motivation levels.
Every day, I put on my workout clothes. That’s it! That’s the plan. Sounds easy, right?
But usually, when I put on my workout clothes, I at least feel guilty enough to run around the block or do a couple sun salutations. And getting started is half the battle. The other half is quitting immediately.
I’ve been reading lots of articles lately about she sheds – they’re the women’s equivalent of a “man cave,” where you can decompress and center yourself.
So I decided to make one of my own: