Practice with enthusiasm

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

Christy Marsden1Happy February and Mid Winter! We are a month into the new year which is a good time to check our pace and see how we are doing with what it is we want to create for the year. How’s it going for you?

For many years, I would set a goal for the New Year and if I ‘failed’ the first month, I would just give up. I would feel I wasn’t good enough or truly committed enough. My self esteem would plummet and I would wallow in how hard it is to make change and stay there feeling less than for several months rather than getting up and trying again.

There are several things to remember when we set out to do something new. First and foremost, we have to fully commit to what we want to change and know that it is going to take practice and a lot of it. The key to doing anything and getting good at it is practice. In a culture where we want what we want and we want it NOW, it is really hard for people to stick with something that doesn’t produce immediate results. When we feel we have failed or aren’t good enough or getting better at something fast enough, there is tendency to give up and move on to something else only to fall back into the same trap once again. As the cycle continues, our confidence and motivation wane.

After we commit to something (think New Year’s Resolutions), and start practicing it consistently, we need to also know that we have to keep at it without interruption, with enthusiasm and a conviction that we can do it. So, it’s not just committing and practicing but we have to continue to muster up the excitement about it and believe in our hearts that we can do it. And even with all of that, it is still going to be hard. The great news is that if we stick with something, it will get easier, and over time, it may become fun. But it takes TIME.

So, if you started out strong in the New Year and fell out of practice (whether it was to eat more vegetables, work out 4 days a week or write an hour a day), don’t give up. Just because you didn’t get it the first or 50th time, doesn’t mean it won’t get easier eventually. You just have to stick with it.

A yoga practice can help with this. We may not be able to do a pose the first, or 100th time we try it, but if we stick with it, it will most likely get easier and it may even become fun. And if it doesn’t, at least you know that you committed to it, stuck with it, believed it was possible and in the process learned a whole lot about yourself and that is definitely a good thing.

I am super excited to lead a Couples Valentine’s Yoga Workshop at Yoga Blend with my husband, Jason on Valentine’s Day. We haven’t had the chance to do this in four years and are super excited to offer this special class to you and your loved one. This class is for anyone regardless of your experience and it is a chance to connect with your partner in a fun, nurturing and supportive way… and there MIGHT be chocolate… just sayin’…

With infinite love & gratitude…