One of the reasons I wanted to start getting into studio practice was because as a new yoga teacher, I want to scope out other teachers and consider how they are cuing and what I liked about their classes and style that I might bring into my teaching practice. One of my teachers Jess is a perfect example of the kind of yoga teacher I want to be- confident and soft, knowledgable and readily sharing wisdom...and when she gives adjustments, she does both sides. I never thought about it too much but that's genius.
Another reason that I pushed myself to bring my mat other places is because I have no problem getting on my mat every single day...but chances are I'm not pushing myself or learning as much as I do in the studio. This is only true right now though because the studio experience is still so new for me and there's so much I'm learning. One of the things I became even more grateful for is my home practice and the space I have to do so. Bringing what I learned in class to my personal practice feels like yoga homework and of course...I'm a nerd who LOVES homework.
I measure my success 100% by how I feel. How I look, how much I weigh and how much I'm working out does not define my health nearly as much as my mental state does. This month I have felt happy, confident and grateful for everything I have. Nothing is ever going to be perfect...we should never strive to create perfection because that will only create stress. This month, things didn't go to plan more often than not...but that's real life.
Think about what it is in your life that fills your cup, restores you, energizes you etc.
Hold on to that.
Keep doing that.
It's your passion for a reason.
&& I rarely ever share comparison photographs but for the sake of the health journey;
A month or so difference.
The holidays meant cookies, cuddles and chai lattes. My yoga routine was soft and steady. I remember feeling super curvy and beautiful when I took that picture. Flash forward to yesterday- I will forever bake cookies but lately I've been meal prepping and cooking vegan half the week and vegetarian the other half. My yoga practice has been active and expanding...I feel even better now than I did in December because I know what a month of healthy eating and consistent yoga and working out does for me. The funny thing is, I low-key love the way I look with some tummy and hips but it's impossible for me to keep on my figure.
I think the biggest accomplishment for me is to look at and compare the relaxed, nurtured part of my journey vs. the energized and advancing part of my journey and be genuinely happy in my skin in both places. Instead of seeing places for improvement, I see a human being who continues to love themselves and others every single day without expectation for that love.
I'm almost 100% sure I won't complete 30 classes in 30 days....I have a super busy and unpredictable life...However, I feel extremely accomplished. I've gone to the studio almost every day and listened to my body, expanded my practice and found a new level of personal health within it all.
I hope this has inspired you to set a goal, fearlessly go for it and enjoy every step of the way.
The destination means nothing without the journey it took to get there.
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until next time,