At the time, the only kind of physical endeavor worth my precious time was one that would make me sweat, burn, or push. If I was going to do yoga, it wasn’t to benefit my brain or my body. It wasn’t to heal or breathe. It was to satisfy my ego. I only took yoga classes with “sweaty” or “power” in the description.
If I was going to do Method 360 classes, it wasn’t to gain confidence or see what my body could do. It was to get into a smaller pant size. I killed it at six Method 360 classes a week.
I was beating up my body to serve my ego. Yet my body remained my enemy. I didn’t like it any better than I did before working so hard.
Today, my fitness focus is not about changing pants sizes but instead feeling confident and calmer. I use fitness & yoga as a dumping ground for anxiety, crabbiness, & frenetic energy. I strive (really hard) to not let it use me. Some days it works. Others…well, you know how it is.
I hope to inspire you to try one new thing – one thing that you aren’t going to do for your ego but because it really might help you learn something, dump some crankiness, or impress yourself.
*This month, try a different yoga class. There is something to be gained from every yoga class: beginner or advanced level, gentle or challenging class, new or veteran teacher. Shove your ego out of the way. It’s not always about the sweat, how far you got into that pose, or whether you made the inversion.
Your brain will thank you if you can let that shit go.
*This week, let go of size & weight numbers. Remove expectation that only when you transform yourself to your dream-pant size will you be “fit”. Are you healthy? Are you strong? Do you amaze yourself? Fitness does not equal skinny or small... Fitness is personal and is about feeling empowered, taking risks, and being healthy.