When I was younger, the priorities of my workout were to go harder than the day before and to be dripping in sweat and sore the next day. I wanted to feel the impact of the workout and get better than my competition. BUT – at that time I played tennis competitively, and my body was younger and able to recover more quickly.
As our focus shifts to career and family, sometimes we don’t often consider how our workouts should also shift. Just as our mentality (at least for most of us) shifts from staying out late and having very few responsibilities, our mentality around our workouts should shift. Our bodies need something different, and our minds definitely often need something different.
Instead of the punishment, we need nourishment from our workouts. We need something that stretches us out, challenges us, but also provides us with a time to reconnect with ourselves. We are busy, so an hour to focus on each of those things isn’t feasible, but a yoga practice can give you all of it in one nicely wrapped package. You can sweat but still smile and come away feeling mentally clear and recharged. It’s what kept bringing me back to practice those years ago.
Yoga isn’t “easy” or “just stretching.” It’s a workout. I am happy to introduce you to the workout that it is if you don’t believe me 🙂
BUT it’s about nourishing your body and lengthening and finding space. It strengthens your body but also your mind.
Take a listen to the video for more of my thoughts, and then join me on the mat. Check out my homepage to reserve a spot in class. OR join my online beginner’s course to learn the foundations and get started. My monthly Yoga with TG Membership is also a great fit for those who want to practice on their own time and at home or while traveling. Let me be your Yoga Concierge.