Hello my pretties! Congratulations on making it through the first month of 2017, because oh my, that was a doozy. I’ll start off by saying sorry – my apologies on the political detour on the last few posts, but I had some strong feelings and experiences and I wanted to share them. (I hope I didn’t scare anyone away – ha!) Anyway, as February is greeting us, I’m responding back by saying hello and promising it a full month of yoga. Yes, I did choose February for this challenge because it’s the shortest month, but who’s to judge, right?! I also chose February as my “yoga” month because I’ve had two consecutive months in a yoga class; which leads me to feel a bit more confident in myself and my practice.
And I use “confident” as a relative term because even the BEST yogini’s are not at their best – there is always room for improvement. Unfortunately for me, I am a bit competitive (especially with myself) so my confidence waivers quite a bit in my yoga practice. Luckily, that doesn’t hold me back from continuing my practice. Today, I want to share with you the most common thoughts I have during a yoga practice…
Am I doing this right?
I think this is the most common thought that passes through someone’s mind when they’re doing yoga. Is my foot in the right position? Are my hips square? Are my shoulders down? Am I breathing correctly? From the outside looking in, yoga seems pretty dang easy and almost effortless. But for those that have ever done yoga, we know that is far from the truth. Even in mountain pose there are about a 15 different things you need to do with your body.
Is my ass really that big?
Holy moly. Doing yoga in front of a mirror is a blessing and a curse. The first time I did yoga in front of a mirror it was quite the rude-awakening. Although, I can’t act like I’m completely surprised….
How is that old lady/man doing that position? Have a 6-pack?
This still surprises me when I see people in their 60s doing positions I never dreamed of doing, but I remind myself that I’m only 24 and I have 30+ years to be that good. And with that amount of time, I could be the 60 year old with the 8-pack abs and doing the Pungu Mayurasana – Wounded Peacock.
So I was going to show you an image of me trying it, but let’s just say my lack of yoga skills and my mom’s lack of photography skills, there were no photos to actually share. To stay within the “bird” theme – here is my bird of paradise…(A lot less embarrassing than a wounded peacock. Just Google it and you’ll see why this is the better/safer route – HA!)
(Yoga pants – Ohmk – liveohmk.com)
If I do one more chaturanga push-up, I’m going to fart.
Yes, this has happened to me. And yes, it was incredibly embarrassing in the moment. But, it wasn’t all that bad, no one even noticed. In yoga, everyone is so focused on the positions and what the instructor is saying, that they probably wondered if they let it slip themselves. Ha! On the off chance someone does call you out, just smile and shrug your shoulders – everyone farts and it’s really not that embarrassing…unless it smells bad.
Crap – they just said “Baddha Konasana”. Now it’s stuck in my head forever.
BAH-dah koh-NAH-sah-nah – I mean seriously, what a fun word! Also, love the pose.
My shoulders do fly!
Does anyone else notice, in almost each and every pose, that their shoulders are basically making out with their ears,? I have terrible posture, and yoga makes me come to that realization every practice. But it’s good! Awareness is the first step to fixing a problem. One day my shoulders will behave. One day.
Savasana – What am I going to eat for dinner?
As hard as I try to focus on the task at hand – which is supposed to be NOTHING – my mind immediately goes to “What’s for dinner?”. Because this is a reoccurring thought, I figured planning my dinner ahead of time would help – nope. It’s actually just heightened because I’m picturing myself eating whatever it is i’m about to cook.
Can anyone tell me what is wrong with all of these statements? If you were thinking “they are all deterrents keeping your mind and focus away from the “goal of yoga” – you’re right. If you were thinking “STOP COMPARING YOURSELF, WOMAN!”, you are also right. As embarrassing as it is, I know I’m not the only one with these thoughts, and sharing them will hopefully let someone else know they’re not alone. The truth is, yoga is a journey, and part of that journey is working through these “surface” thoughts to get to the actual GOAL. Which leads me to my final and most important thoughts about yoga.
Although the above thoughts were humorous, and VERY true, I don’t want to take away from the seriousness of being enlightened, focused and at peace with oneself during a yoga practice.
My deeper, truer thoughts during a yoga practice are usually a bunch of simultaneous “thank yous”.
I am thankful for:
- A work/social schedule that allows me an hour to be on my mat
- My body for letting me push it to its limits (strength, flexibility, etc.)
- My mind for shutting down (for the most part) to focus on ONLY my breath and body
- The instructors that remind me….
- Yoga is a journey
- That everyone’s practice is unique and special
- That my body does not always react the same each day and to adjust and thank your body regardless
If anyone wants to join me for the 28-day yoga challenge, check out this youtube channel: Leslie Fightmaster.
Yes, this is a 90-day challenge, but I’m only holding myself accountable for the 28 days…and if that goes well, I’m going to do the full 90!
“If you can dream it, you can do it!”
Thanks, Walt Disney!
Now let’s get to ohm’n!
Peace. Love. Namaste.
XO. The Welcome Woman
(A BIG THANK YOU to my mom for taking these ridiculous photos and being patient while I nitpicked every one of them. You’re my favorite person!)