for those that know me, know that it’s hard for me to sit still. For those that don’t, must look at my Instagram pics and think I should probably be this amazing athlete with as much as I workout. Well I’m really not! I was never that person that’s the fastest on the team. And anyone can tell you I busted my butt and never slacked. I hear many excuses from people that don’t want to do something just cause they’ll look funny or won’t be amazing at it. That’s okay!!
The first time I ran I couldn’t keep up with anyone and in college once I got lapped by second to last place on the track. And I’m still running! As competitive as I am, I’m most competitive with myself. I’m happy and proud if I’m the best that I can be that day. I love pushing myself to do things I never thought I could do.
So now the new challenge, a triathlon!! I figured that it would actually be a little easier than it’s been. I’ve been riding bikes my whole life in holland, for transportation every day. And swimming has always been my favorite thing to do. But when I hit the water I thought I was gonna drown after 2 laps! But I stuck with it and swam a mile.
The thing I love about training is slowly seeing yourself get better, stronger and faster. Even though I might come in last on this triathlon, it’ll be okay, as long as I know that I gave it my all, I have nothing to be ashamed of.
So if it’s been holding you back to try something new just cause you might not excel in it, do it anyway! So what if people laugh at you? It’s probably the ones that haven’t challenged themselves lately. Don’t let those people keep you from being your best.
so before today I had only ever sorta taken half a yoga class. In highschool me and my friends went on a visitors pass and took a class. But because of our constant giggling we left half way through.
In these last few weeks I’ve been wondering if I had been doing the poses right, or was I pushing to hard? I really don’t have a clue.. I looked around here in cullman if there was a place were yoga classes were given. To my surprise there was! “Santosha yoga,” is the name of the studio. I checked times this morning and there was a class at 9:30 that I could make. I quickly signed up, grabbed my May and headed out the door. I didn’t know what to expect. I came in and was greeted by the instructor, everyone waved hello and seemed friendly.
I rolled out my mat and we sat down. We immediately started. I’m guessing it wasn’t 10 minutes into the class and my arms were already burning and I was working up a sweat. To my surprise I kept up with the class pretty good on most poses. My balance is something I’m proud of, but as for my flexibility I have a loooong way to go. We did this one pose where we spread out legs wide and had to fold our chest to the ground. Everyone was close to nose to the ground while I was still sitting straight up! That was as fat as I could go.
We did another pose called bird in paradise, I was a little lost at first, but after watching I did a motivated version of it. So proud of myself!
I was mostly surprised by the effect of the breathing aspect of it. Doing yoga at home I hadn’t really paid much attention to that. I’d watched a video here and there, but usually while watching tv and I would just kinda follow along with the poses but didn’t listen to the instructor in the video.
I had seen child’s pose before, looking up new poses to do. But it looked boring to me, just laying my head on the ground with my knees tucked in. But today doing child’s pose and taking deep breaths I finally understood the sensation of feeling the energy going through your body. I could feel the breath opening up my ribs and could feel the nerves in my neck all the way down my spine.
I recommend everyone that’s a new by to yoga like me, to take a class. It sure benefit me and helped me in continuing my practice