This morning I was rarin’ to go to the yoga class I had picked out the night before, Power Yoga at YO6th. It was 45 degrees outside and 105 degrees in the studio. That felt like a huge temperature variation and although I practice hot yoga a lot, for some reason it really challenged me today. I was in warrior II and I had to drop down to child’s pose within 20 minutes of the class starting. My body was shaking, my legs felt weak and my mind was starting to wander into a dark place. I wanted to scold myself for “quitting” but quickly reminded myself of what yoga is all about, “listening to and connecting with your body.”
I was listening and I made a physical connection when my body told me to gently take a break. 30 seconds of child’s pose and I was ready to get back up and finish my practice. I left whatever insecurities I had about taking a break in a puddle on my mat and thanked myself for being so gentle. It’s those breaks in working out and in life that help us achieve our bigger goals. So I challenge you to listen to your body the next time it’s telling you something, it might know you better than you think.