I have a strange relationship with exercise. I love it while I am doing it and it does me a lot of good physically, mentally and emotionally but I have struggled with a self-defeating habit of trying to get out of it.
Honestly, I don’t believe it is anything deeper than the fact that the free spirit inside me never wants to live the same day twice. I already devote 40+ hours a week to working for someone else, at least 12 hours a week commuting to work for someone else, then there is cleaning and laundry, studying… having to be disciplined about one more thing can make ya want to run off and live in the woods Thoreau-style. Except I want to stay fit physically, mentally and emotionally. So, I am committed now to a daily yoga practice and walking the dogs most days (you know, weather permitting.)
I have been doing pretty well and have been pleased with the results thus far. Then while I was the yoga mat recently, I got an idea! I have a vision board hanging above the TV. So when I need to focus on something to keep my balance while practicing, I stare at something on my board. I saw a photo of a woman who looks a bit like me in ustrasana or full camel pose. I put it on my board to represent flexibility in general, not just in yoga or my physical body. I found myself thinking that it might be fun to see if I could do it before the end of the year.
It is such a beautiful pose because it corrects most people’s natural (or unnatural depending on your perspective) tendency to curl into themselves in a protective or childlike way. I tend to slouch with rigid, rounded shoulders. I have noticed that the tightness in my neck, back and shoulders has been turning into creaks and crackles. I want to avoid any kind of chronic backache or arthritis and working towards this pose just might be the ticket.
So, we’ll see how it goes. It does feel more freeing to know I am working toward something that is opening me up and healing my body, mind and spirit rather than just dogmatically going through a routine. Maybe I will post a photo of myself in this pose before the end of the year.
How do you stay motivated to exercise? Please leave a comment or drop me a note. I would love to hear from you.
Love and blessings to all,