I almost made the biggest mistake of my life a few months ago. I almost stopped exercising. It was a slow process, starting years ago when I slowly began cutting back from all the classes I was teaching as my travel/training schedule grew. I was just so tired and so my answer was to slow down my physical activity, which really makes sense. Unfortunately what I missed was the tipping point between being tired from over-exercising to tired from not exercising enough. I started to lose my strength, my tone and my vitality. I was practicing yoga, but not the yoga I needed, choosing restorative yoga over anything more physical. I needed to start from scratch again, and decided to follow my same path from 15-years ago when I joined GoodLife as a member, BodyPump. Man was I sore for like a week! But, I made the commitment, I re-arranged my schedule and I have been doing it every week since. With renewed discipline, I began scheduling my workouts and yoga practice and sticking to it! Moving everyday, riding my bike, going to Yoga class over practicing at home so I stick to the full hour. It’s what I need now. In a few months/years it may be different again.
My most important lesson has been to stay present with how I am feeling. Determining whether I’m physically tired or just mentally tired, making the effort and pushing myself a bit more. I think I became so wrapped up in teaching technique and philosophy that I forgot the benefits of the practice, and started taking them for granted. Now I’m sleeping better, my mood is better, I’m thinking more clearly, I’m feeling more inspired to teach and I just feel great inside and out. I guess once again, it all comes down to balance to and being present. My next hurdle, getting back on my daily meditations.
In love and light,