I’m not always graceful, nor am I disciplined. If I’m being honest, I’ll admit the only things I do consistently are write, drink massive amounts of coffee and work out. Oh, I also annoy my teen, but that’s almost always accidental.
All of the above are important me. So there you have it — the secret to making fitness stick is not fierce control or type A ambition. It’s love. I have no problem maintaining a regular yoga practice because I love yoga. But you have to fall in love with fitness, and sometimes that’s not easy. It starts with kicking out your excuses.
Let’s have an intimate chat here. Pull up a chair and kick off your shoes. Tell me what’s kept you from cultivating or maintaining a regular yoga practice. Maybe it’s your hectic work schedule, because the climb up that career ladder can be arduous. Or maybe it’s your family. I know babies are the cutest little bosses that ever made demands.
Yes, there are a million reasons you could be struggling to make yoga a part of your life. But let me tell you something…
We make time for what’s important. There, I said it. So when it comes to excuses, you have none, my friend. I am busy. You are busy. Life is busy, and no matter what your plate holds, you do have time for yoga, for fitness in general. Now let’s address the other excuses that may be forming in your mind right now.
Here are 7 Yoga Facts that Challenge Your Workout Excuses:
1. I am not coordinated, and my balance is poor. I’m just not ready for yoga.
The Truth: Yoga is a journey, not a destination. The Bhagavad Gita says it is, “The Journey of the Self, through the Self, to the Self.”
2. I’m not a tree-hugging hippie, or a vegan, so I don’t think yoga is right for me.
The Truth: Yoga says: come as you are.
3. I don’t have time to do yoga.
The Truth: You can start with 15 minutes daily and a few simple asanas to begin your yogic journey. Make yoga a routine, and add to it as your knowledge and skills expand.
4. Working out is just not a priority for me right now. Besides, I am fairly active all day.
The Truth: Yoga is not a mere workout; it is a work in. Yoga is your body/mind/spirit connection. It is everything you allow it to be…or nothing at all. Your choice.
5. I am neither fit nor flexible; therefore I cannot practice yoga.
The Truth: Yoga is not a matter of fitness or flexibility. It is not about touching your toes. Yoga is the process of becoming.
6. I don’t have a gym membership, or any yoga equipment to start a yoga practice.
The Truth: The only tools you really need to practice yoga are your body and mind.
7. I am too distracted to do yoga/meditation.
The Truth: With practice, yoga teaches you to master your breath, steady your body, and calm your mind. It’s not easy, but it is possible.
Bonus Facts About Yoga
Of the various types of exercise I have done throughout my life, I find that yoga suits me best. Aside from the technical aspects of my asanas, here are some additional things I’ve learned about the practice.
Yoga does not end when you roll up your mat. Yoga permeates your heart, opens your awareness, and ultimately changes your life.
Yoga is a gift you can give or deny yourself daily — choose wisely.
When it comes to making yoga a constant in your schedule, you do not contend with Mother Nature or Father time, or any noble cause. You are the author of your excuses, and the creator of your own destiny. If you’re facing adversity, it’s time to expose your own excuses. Get on the mat and don’t look back. You’ll be glad you did!
If I can make yoga a priority, there’s hope for you too. You don’t have to sign up for a class, take a trip to the gym, or even own a mat. Because your yoga begins with your next breath…
Breathe in love. Exhale your excuses.
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