Saturday, March 1, 2014

Why Yoga is More Important Then Ever for Me Now

On Wednesday, as I was coming home on the bus from a long day at work, I was torn with the thought of heading to the gym or jumping into my sweats. It would be a tight timeframe, but I knew there was a 7 p.m. class I could make.

As the bus was growing closer to my stop, I realized just how many excuses I had been making recently about exercise. I was tired. It was late. I was hungry. The list goes on. But, in this instance, this fork in the road, I knew I had to make a decision that I wouldn't regret.

I got off the bus, immediately got into my car and started the engine. Running into my house for less than 5 minutes, I changed, dropped my work bag and grabbed my yoga mat.

I made the decision to commit to my practice. 

And I am so happy I did.

Laying in savasana after an hour of hot, sweaty, difficult poses, I was not only proud of my commitment to my health, but also felt like my body needed it. As I've recently mentioned, leaving my gym job for the desk-type, has left me a bit 'knotted'.



From sitting all day to typing and trying not to slouch, I've found my upper back area to be outrageously tight. But after some downward dogs and triangle poses, I was feeling limber and agile.


I'm thinking this kind of practice needs to be a part of my life more. Just like grabbing a drink with friends or going to a work event, I must make time for me and my mat. There truly is nothing like that feeling of accomplishment. I'd like to feel it more often.

How do you get yourself to the gym? Do you start your car or bring your gym bag to work?

-TTT

11 comments:

  1. Its definitely tough during the week to make it to classes...especially during winter when all you want to do is snuggle up on the couch and get warm. I'm super lucky that I can walk to a barre studio from my house, so I figure I really don't hae an excuse to miss! :)

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    1. That's great! Having a studio or gym near your house is essential. That or living in a warm climate where you can run/workout outside year round!

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  2. I have a little easier time, I'm A) still in college, and B) my gym is in my garage. It's right there. So I get up at 5:30 and am working out by 7:00 and my first class is at 10:00. I do wonder how I'll fit my workouts into a busy work schedule later one though! I'll probably bring a gym bag so I have no excuses!

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  3. I go to the gym right away in the morning so I am not even awake enough to argue :)

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    1. That's such a good point. I once heard, 'exercise in the morning, you don't have an excuse yet'.

      Very valid.

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  4. I'm lucky to workout where I work, so it's kind of built into my day :) Buuuut I NEED to get back to yoga. I think because my gym is at my work, I'm really lazy about going to other things, like an outside yoga studio or spin studio. I went to one a couple of months ago and forgot how much I absolutely love and need it!

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    1. You should try out ClassPass!! It would force you to get out and use 10 classes a month at supporting boutique studios!

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  5. good for you!! I've been trying to add more yoga to my schedule... my body and mind need it so badly! I usually just go right to the gym from work to avoid coming home and not wanting to leave:)

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    1. Isn't yoga just amazing?! I seriously feel like it changes everything from my mind to my body and way I sleep. **We should yoga together soon :)

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    1. Especially YOUR class. AH- I'm missing my Abby yoga.

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