Monday, October 16, 2017

Learning to Love the Wobble

I used to hate yoga. I don't even have a good reason why! I started doing more in the Spring, and after doing a 30-day yoga challenge, I do it multiple times per week! Even a simple flow makes me feel sooo much better after sitting at my desk all day long.

The Wellness Department for Oklahoma State hosts an outdoor yoga class every Thursday until November at the small botanical garden in town. It has been the highlight of my weeks so far in Oklahoma! I love getting outside and moving for an hour each week, and it makes me feel kind of social when I'm surrounded by people.

Yoga has turned into a test of my mindfulness, too. I have to remind myself pretty often that yoga isn't a competition, and that my flexibility and poses and body are all different from the person's next to me. I actually hurt my back a couple of weeks ago trying to do a backbend like a girl in front of me - I wasn't ready for that at all. 

Because I'm so competitive, I get pretty frustrated when my legs start to wobble. Or when I'm in plank at the end of an hour class and my arms are shaking. Yoga should be making me stronger - right? So why am I still struggling in some of the positions?

Instead of focusing on those thoughts, I've been making a conscious effort to be present on my mat and thank my body for getting me there.

Moving to a new place has been tough, but despite the change, I have a healthy body with the ability to enjoy an hour-long yoga class. When I'm on that mat, it's the only thing that matters. Not how homesick I am, or how lonely I may feel, but how I'm taking care of my body through it all.

I think that this is also a great life lesson. I think as a society we've gotten incredibly impatient. We expect things to be immediate: immediate updates, immediate knowledge, immediate response. And that's not the case at all. Wobbles are natural - because things take time!

I've been learning to love the wobbles and the shakes, and the slow building of strength that comes with it.

10 comments :

  1. Good on you!!! I cant do yoga at all I get to bored lol... I do however do crossfit and run everyday.

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  2. I've only taken a few yoga classes but I can definitely relate to being too competitive for it...I don't think I'm zen enough for yoga! It does feel good to test your body with the different poses though.

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  3. This yoga class sounds so fun!! And beautiful thoughts here girl!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  4. Good for you for sticking to it! I sometimes think I don't like yoga because it's soo calm and I'm not a very calm person haha.
    -Nicholle
    www.nichollesophia.com

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  5. What a great perspective

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  6. Good job! Good to hear you are sticking to it and with acceptance!

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  7. Nice job! I get frustrated when I try to do yoga too. I think I just expect it to come easy to me, but it's not easy.

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  8. It's great when you can find something that will take your focus away from your homesickness, or other frustrations. Yoga is perfect for just that! It's crazy how something we go from hating becomes a lifeline for us at times.

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  9. Not gonna lie. When I first read your post title, I thought it was going to be about the song/line dance and not actually wobbling. I've been trying to get into yoga more. There's a brewoga class held at a local brewery that I really enjoy. I think it's awesome that the wellness department hosts an outdoor yoga class. I wish there was something like that where I live.

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  10. Yes, the shakes and wobbles are when you're getting deep into that muscle! Glad you're learning to love it. ;)

    xo // www.thematerialgirl.co

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