Try Easy (or Why I’m taking a Step Back from Yoga)

Sunday, 21 July 2013, 19:15 | Category : Fitness
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When I was at the height of my yoga practice, I read a book by Baron Baptiste – an amazing yoga instructor. He said to “try easy”… which I took to mean “Not everything has to be hard.” I’ve never been very good at trying “easy.” For me, it seems like if it’s not doing something the hard way, I must not be doing it right.

So it was when I decided to go back to a yoga practice this year after a long hiatus. I didn’t just “try easy.” I tried to conquer everything within the first few weeks – adding yoga back into my life, at 530 am, 3-5 days a week. And this wasn’t easy-breezy yoga, or the kind of yoga I loved to practice (traditional hot yoga). I jumped right into CorePower 2 classes – full of vinyasas and inversions. These were things that I had never comfortably conquered when I was practicing 5-7 days a week – but I was sure that I would be able to persevere with just my mind over matter mentality.

Today, I admit that it’s not going to work for me. I surrender my CorePower Black Tag, and go back to a traditional gym where I can build my own fitness routine, at my own pace, at any time of day that I want. I can choose 530 am or 530 pm. I can go to a yoga class, body pump, or just spend an hour on a treadmill walking at an incline while I catch up on some reading.

I’m hoping that through this surrender, I find a way to “try easy” and give myself the room to rebuild my strength and stamina.

(But just for good measure, I think I’ll keep my yoga keytag for a few more days…)

 

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