I realized recently that I’ve been practicing yoga now for just shy of 11 years. The first several years of my practice were fiery and passionate… kinda like a hot romance (yeow!). I remember practicing for hours, fueled by the desire to conquer a challenging pose. Somewhere along the line this changed dramatically, and for awhile, it almost felt like my practice was another thing on my to do list. Maybe it was having a baby. Maybe it was moving. Maybe it was because photography took over my life in a good way. While I still practiced a yoga lifestyle I just couldn’t get myself on the mat. I’m an active person in general, but overtime, I found myself losing strength, losing flexibility, putting on a few pounds, sleeping poorly, and just feeling really anxious and unsure of myself. I intuitively knew it was because I was not practicing yoga.
So I promised myself I’d start getting on my mat daily even if I wasn’t feeling it. Fake it to make it. And you know, after a week or so, I started to reconnect, and crave that time again.
But this post isn’t about yoga. Or maybe it just sort of is.
This post is a reminder to stop and recognize how you’re feeling, and reconnect to the practices (or discover new ones) that make you feel awesome. It takes effort. All of it. Eating well, taking care of our bodies and minds, nourishing ourselves holistically. It makes sense that we would sometimes just fall out of it, because life… And that’s okay.
And it never needs to be all or nothing. Rigid or lax. Just commit to something that helps, and allow it to snowball from there.
I find myself naturally wanting to go to bed a bit earlier, cut back the sugar, spend more time journaling, taking mindful breaths. I got my foot in the door, and it feels really good.
So, if you can resonate with any of this, and know you need to reconnect, let this be a little nudge to take a moment today and start.
What will you do?