I’m so stoked! I’m just home from a warm yoga class, and I loved it! I’ll get into that in a second, but first, I have to ask:
Is there something you used to really enjoy, but now it feels like it’s beyond your reach? Or maybe there’s something you’ve never done that you’d like to do but think you’re not physically fit enough for? Maybe it’s dancing, running, playing cricket or doing a handstand. Whatever it is, just commit to doing it and start today. Trust me. A simple yoga class taught me how amazing the results can be.
Now, hot yoga may not be your thing – and I totally get it – but seriously warm yoga is a totally different animal.
For one, sweat isn’t dripping into and stinging your eyes, and your hands don’t slip, which I personally found to be most pleasant. The best part of the class wasn’t that it was warm, or that I went or that I didn’t fall on my face. Yes, that has happened. 🙂
The best part was that I finished the whole class. Yep, and it’s the first one I’ve completed since my surgery. I remember thinking that my yoga days were behind me, but I was so wrong. Slow and steady definitely won this race.
I’ve progressed from being light headed upon standing to being comfortable in downward dog. I admit, I didn’t do a backbend. But I am working towards that and can tell that with lots of self-love and understanding my challenges…. I will step-by-step progress towards doing a backbend. Who knows….maybe even a handstand!
The point is, I did something that I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do again. I certainly didn’t do it in one day. It’s taken months of slowly increasing my activity. But, I did it. And you can, too.
Affirmations can help get you there.
“Every day I’m getting stronger and stronger. Every day I’m getting stronger and stronger…..”
After my surgery, when the doctor gave the all clear to start exercising, I used to repeat this phrase over and over as I struggled up a few flights of stairs, as I tried a few minutes of yoga or walked to a friend’s place.
It might sound crazy, but that little saying, repeating over and over in my head, kept me driving forward and motivated me to do just a little bit more than I had done the day before. Eight months in, and I am stronger. And right now I am so happy and proud that I’ve completed a full yoga class, I could burst.
The hidden benefit of all of this is that while today I could burst, I’ve celebrated milestones along the way. I’ve been proud of and celebrated each of my accomplishments as I achieved them. Patting yourself on the back is such a wonderful feeling.
Just remember that before starting an exercise program, especially if you have a medical condition, are recovering from an injury or have lived a sedentary life, please get the all clear from your doctor.
Look inside and do what you love. Start simple, and keep going. Soon, you’ll be looking back and wondering why you ever thought you couldn’t.
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