Hump Day Inspiration

It’s been a crappy couple of months for various reasons that I won’t get into.  So I wasn’t feeling like inspiration was what I needed but humor.  So hopefully this will brighten up your hump day if you are feeling like this…

Yoga-related post to come soon.

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Hump Day Inspiration

Recently, I bumped into a regular student before one of my yoga classes.  I asked him how his week was and he replied that it was great and there was nothing to complain about and then added that all of his weeks were great.  I noted what a great outlook he had on life and he replied that though it took him many years to come to this conclusion, life was too short to stress and worry about small things.  He found joy in the simple fact that he was alive everyday.

The day before this, I had come across this flow chart and thought that it was nice way of looking at the situations in our lives, even if it was a bit simplistic.  But after speaking with my student, I thought, why do our lives need to be filled with so much complexity?  Sure, there are difficulties and challenges that we face in our lives – I have certainly had my fair share and feel this chart would not apply at all.  But there are also a lot of everyday things that I worry about and in the grand scheme of things, are definitely not worth the stress I put my body and mind through. This chart is just a nice reminder for those little everyday things: don’t worry, be happy!

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Hump Day Inspiration

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Just a little something that I found to be very relevant to this blog.  Gabrielle Bernstein is a life coach, author, motivational speaker, etc.  I follow her instagram page and it’s full of affirmations so check it out to find your inspiration on a daily basis.

Also, tonight is the last night to enter the online yoga membership giveaway!  I will be choosing two winners tomorrow at 9 am PST so get your entries in before that time!

Hump Day Inspiration: Power Poses

So for today’s hump day inspiration, I thought I would share some actual tools that you can use to feel more confident and hopefully translates to success in other areas of your life outside of your fitness world.  And in line with the theme of my blog, this tool is very budget friendly – free!

So how can Warrior 2 help you feel more confident in everyday life, nail that job interview, or affect other people’s perception of you?  I first came across power posing when watching this great TED talk with Amy Cuddy.  This idea completely resonated with me since I have to feel good about something in my body before it becomes truth in my mind.  This was particularly true when I was unemployed for about 6 months.  I kept telling myself positive thoughts and repeated mantras in my mind but deep down, I felt horrible about myself and looking back, it probably affected what types of jobs I went for and my relationship with friends, especially with my fiance.  I practiced daily thoughts of gratitude but it wasn’t particularly helpful for me.  Yoga made me feel good and there were more positive thoughts and energy that was happening, even if it was just for a couple of hours during and after my practice.

I had seen this video prior to interviewing for where I work now.  I was in the car and put my hands on my hips and sat up tall for about 2 minutes prior to the two interviews I had (I did it sitting down in my car since I didn’t want one of the staff members looking out the window and happen to see my crazy antics!).   It could be the power of suggestion but I felt more calm and whether or not it actually increased my confidence level, I ended up getting the job.  I keep this tool in the back of my head and bust it out when I feel I need a confidence boost such as before teaching a yoga class.  Why not practice Warrior 2 before teaching it?

Has anyone else tried it?  Does it work for you?

Hump Day Inspiration

I came across this video on YogaDork and I thought it was too good not to share. This man wanted to do a handstand and hold it…for THREE seconds. That’s all. And he practiced a lot. And fell out of it a lot. But he kept going.  We’re always told that it’s the journey that’s most important, whether it’s our yoga practice or life.  And I couldn’t agree more.  The first time I got into forearm stand, I thought back to the perseverance and the work I put into getting to that point and it made the moment that much better.  I still struggle with the pose but it’s all about the work that you put in.  Remember, “there is no such thing as failure. It’s all just PRACTICE for whatever comes next.”

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During class, I was attempting forearm stand but for whatever reason, I couldn’t pull my mat as close to the wall as I normally do.  I gently kicked my legs up and because I was further away from the wall, which would normally scare the crap out of me, I was able to use my own strength to stabilize myself and stay up.  I thought the only way I could do it was with a wall behind me but in reality, the wall was an unnecessary crutch and my legs would hit the wall before I could fully explore my own strength and balance in the posture.  Lightbulbs went off and I’ve been practicing my handstands now further away from the wall with similar success!

Shortly after this revelation, I came across the quote above posted on the community wall during my yoga for trade shift.  It eloquently summarized what I had been going through with these particular postures, as well as other situations off my mat.  So shine on – we all have the most amazing and best version of ourselves within us just waiting to break through.  See what you’re capable of doing when you let go of the limitations, fears, doubts, and crutches.

Here is the full variation of the Marianne Williamson quote:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.  Your playing small does no serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine as children do.  It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone.  And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just flow through life without any problems or adversity?  While it currently sounds awesome, life might be pretty boring.  For me, my biggest challenge at the moment is finding a job but challenges can apply to anything – a difficult asana, training for your first race, or a big life change.  How are you dealing with the setbacks?  The frustration?  Perhaps even the pain?  The journey through your challenge and coming out on the other side is what helps you grow and makes you stronger.  You learn more about who you are and what you are capable of doing.  So if you are currently in the middle of some difficulties, just know there is light and a more empowered version of yourself standing at the end of the tunnel.

Hump Day Inspiration

So today’s hump day inspiration is more of a reminder for me as I make some pretty big transitions in my life. I’m moving to San Francisco in about 6 weeks (one of the most expensive cities in the US), I’m still unemployed, and recently got engaged. I had a bit of a freak out session and imagined the worse possible case scenario and let it play out in my head over and over again. Clearly, this scenario is made up and unlikely to happen but I couldn’t help myself.

I came across this Yoga Journal blog posting yesterday and felt it was very fitting for all the stress I’ve been putting myself through. I’ve heard and read that all your emotions are rooted in two basic emotions – love and fear. And deep down, I’m definitely fearful. Habits we have in life are definitely cultivated on our mats. Whether it’s a new pose or a change in your life, yoga can teach you a lot about how to navigate your fears. For instance, I’m fearful of allowing myself to reach my full potential. I will never try handstand unless I’m up against a wall. I have a pretty decent control over kicking my legs up but I just won’t do it if I’m not next to something that will catch me. Perhaps my fears of being unemployed for so long are causing me to doubt myself. I feel this is preventing me from seeking out jobs where I can cultivate my full potential and instead am looking for something below my qualifications, thereby limiting the amount of jobs I’m applying to.

This short article has some great tips to help you manage your fears through yoga. Hopefully, I can start incorporating this into my practice as well as off the mat during these big transitions in my life.