I used to practice a demanding style of yoga, and I loved the way it made me feel. I loved it so much in fact that it’s all I did. Six days a week, month after month. I couldn’t get enough of it. I was dedicated, determined, committed.
Problem was, my body wasn’t keeping up. I didn’t know though. It wasn’t until I was completely exhausted and unable to do any form of exercise that I discovered my body was having a hard time keeping up.
I had to take time off. From everything.
What I came to find was that my body actually really craved movement. Just not to the degree that I was making it perform.
I changed my practice. I slowed things down. I began to focus on sensations within my body, really taking time to pause and give myself the time to sense and feel. And, you know what?
My body came back to life. Albeit slowly and gradually, but it did spring back.
After having slowed things down for a period of time, I came to understand that variety is the spice of life!
I really enjoy intense practice. Even still. I like the strength I can feel in my body.
But now, I also recognize the value of variability. And adding in a slow, conscious movement-based practice has done wonders.
If power yoga is exercise, this slow, conscious movement is a form of innercise.
It works at a brain and nervous system level to help to build a deeper inner awareness, reduce fatigue, as well as decrease anxiety.
And, I can’t think of three better things to be working on if you’re also trying to make changes to the relationship you have with food, with your body, and with yourself.
Building an inner relationship with myself has been a key to my lasting change and transformation.
And, well, if you’ve ever tried, you know that implementing change into your life can be exhausting and nerve-racking. So, also working with yourself in ways that can help to offset the fatigue and anxiety is tremendously beneficial.
Change isn’t easy. But it totally is possible. No matter where you’re at. And there are things you can do to improve your chances of success.
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