7 Yoga Facts That Challenge Your Workout Excuses

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. 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. 

For more on setting goals for success, read this.

P.S. I’m SO psyched about the yoga book I wrote. This fun little guide will inspire you and help you find magic and momentum on the mat. Check it out here and leave a review if you feel so inclined. I’d LOVE that!

My yoga book to inspire your yoga journey

31 Comments
  • Emily
    November 30, 2015

    ah I so need more yoga in my life! I always use the time excuse because I chose more high-intensity workouts over yoga all the time. I am an avid stretcher but I know my type-a somewhat neurotic personality could definitely use some calming and centering yoga! I know what one of my New Years resolutions will be 🙂

    • Rica Lewis
      November 30, 2015

      Awesome, Emily! And if you’re looking for a high-intensity yoga workout, try hot yoga or do some cardio before you hit the mat. I like to run and then follow up with my yoga. You will really feel the burn!

  • Becki S
    December 1, 2015

    Bahaha, have definitely heard these excuses before! A lot of them are relevant not just to yoga but working out in general. Good read!

    • Rica Lewis
      December 2, 2015

      Yes, Becki! I think excuses are universal! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Ina
    January 9, 2016

    “Exhale your excuses” Love this!

    I need to work on these exercises. Thank you for reminding me about the importance of taking care of ME!

  • Caroline
    January 9, 2016

    I love this! There are no good excuses to put off making

  • Fabiola Rodriguez
    January 9, 2016

    I always had an excuse for not doing yoga until my last pregnancy. I started doing it because it was the only thing that relieved my back ache. Now, I’m still doing it, even though my baby is 2 years old. It’s the only thing that relaxes me!

    • Rica Lewis
      January 9, 2016

      That’s great, Fabiola! I’ve heard many stories like that. Yoga is a healing art! Thanks for stopping in here.?:)

  • Jameela - Alora
    January 9, 2016

    I love this post. It is so easy to make excuses. If you don’t make time for something it’s because it isn’t a priority! Now that I am not pregnant I fully intend to start yoga again!

    • Rica Lewis
      January 9, 2016

      Good for you, Jameela! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Tess
    January 9, 2016

    My friend and I are starting yoga classes tomorrow! We’re going to try to work our way up to a hot yoga class! I’m really excited to be starting yoga again 🙂

    • Rica Lewis
      January 9, 2016

      Awesome, Tess! Hot yogi is amazing. All yoga is pretty amazing, really ?

  • Britany
    April 30, 2016

    I love yoga. Yoga sculpt is my favorite variation to practice, but I’m also setting a new intention for the month of May {to practice yoga for 3 minutes upon waking every day}. It sounds small, but this will help me be more present and mindful throughout my days.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 30, 2016

      Absolutely, Britnany. I think it’s important to set intentions, no matter how small. Little changes are better than no changes. Good work! Thanks for sharing.

  • Laurie Oien
    April 30, 2016

    I”m over 50 and just started yoga a month ago. I needed a workout change and felt I needed to strengthen my mind and muscles. Yoga does that! I’m really glad I started and you’re right, it is a journey. Hope to get better and better with it. I can tell the difference already.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 30, 2016

      That’s great, Laurie. So glad you set off on your yoga journey! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Shari Eberts
    April 30, 2016

    Great post! I totally agree and try to practice 4-5 times each week. It makes such a big difference in my life.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 30, 2016

      That’s great, Shari! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  • Shann eva
    May 1, 2016

    I LOVE this. I especially love when you said Yoga is not a work out, it’s a work in. So awesome and true. No excuses!

  • Rosemond
    May 1, 2016

    I so need to add yoga back into my life and exhale my excuses!

    • Rica Lewis
      May 2, 2016

      Sounds like a plan, Rosemond. Thanks for reading!

  • Anna Palmer
    May 17, 2016

    Not having time is the number one excuse I use for everything that might help my mental and physical health. That said I can search zillow for homes I will never live in for an hour a day.

    • Rica Lewis
      May 17, 2016

      Omg, yes. And I’m good at pinning six gazillion recipes I will never actually try. I’m right there with you, Anna!

  • Carol Cassara
    June 25, 2016

    I have long wanted to start a practice and look at your posts with longing. I absolutely have to focus on my cardio and strength training this summer but maybe while we are in Santa Fe this fall for 6 weeks I can take a beginning yoga class.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 25, 2016

      Cool, Carol! That sounds like a great start. I prefer to do my yoga at home, but every so often it’s nice to have a studio experience. All the best to you and please keep me posted on your progress!

  • Shirley Corder
    June 25, 2016

    Thanks for a good post, Rica. Your points apply to all workouts. Somehow there are always other things we have to do first! And yet this is so important. Thanks for the nudge!

    • Rica Lewis
      June 25, 2016

      My pleasure, Shirley! And thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Rosemond
    June 27, 2016

    We are masters at finding excuses for not exercising. I do it too. Good point that you have to fall in love with exercise. You have to love that feeling that it gives you. Beautiful reminder to fall in love with our chosen exercise!

    • Rica Lewis
      June 27, 2016

      Exactly! Good to see you here, Rosemond. Thanks for reading!

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