Real Talk! It's hard to write about stuff like this without sounding like a cheesy 1Direction song. But if you know me, you know there ain't anything on my playlist related to 1D and I find it hard to lie, so I'm not just writing this for the sake of writing it. I took up yoga for loads of reasons, but mainly for some REAL me time and to improve my quality of life. So I guess I shouldn't be surprised that I'm seeing parallels every time I throw it down on the mat. I think yoga has a bit of a weird reputation and since dipping more than my toes in it, I wanna share with y'all some of the ways it's impacting on my life and move away from the fitness and Instagram aspect of tings.
The list could go on, but for now here's 5 things yoga has in common with life!
1. SOME DAYS YOU HAVE IT AND SOME DAYS YOU DON'T.
It doesn't mean you will never have it again. Poses come and go, just like feelings, moods, people, money, your favourite tv series and banging winged eyeliner (although to be fair, I could do this in the dark with no mirror and still be winning - just saying). Just take it as it comes and don't get too obsessive with any of these things.
2. YOU WON'T KNOW UNLESS YOU TRY AND TRY (AND TRY) AGAIN.
My mate wakes up to this print every morning. She know's what's up!
Who knew that the more you repeat something, the better you get at it? Kids and CEOs that's who. They apply this to everything and it's something adulthood tried to steal from me. Two years ago I never dreamt I would train to be a yoga teacher, 'cos I thought my yoga pose game was weak and the annoying realistic adult head that sometimes speaks too loud, said it would always be that way. But children and CEOs make a habit of learning to walk that walk and talk that big gyal CEO talk, never allowing the frustration of falling on their baxsides to stop them, but finding more creative ways around getting up and back at it. I'm still trying with yoga every damn day, but the results are changing every day too.
3. STAYING IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE, JUST KEEPS YOU COMFY (LIKE A SACK OF OLD POTATOES, COMFY. ERM, NAH THANKS!).
I used to look at some poses with awe and despair at the same time, standing firm in mind and I'm sure written all over my face with an, "I can't do that, so I'm not trying, fam" kinda attitude and of course I was right, which is a nice feeling sometimes (being right) and I've obviously saved myself some embarrassing moments, but it's boring as hell, pointless and I'm sure like me, you didn't get this far in life being comfy, so why should this be any different. I'm now all about giving those impossible, inspiring, are-you-mocking-my-life-right-now poses a go and "truss me Daddy", I'm seeing and feeling the effect. There's no feeling like being proud of yourself for accomplishing something, especially when you thought you couldn't do it. Yoga is basically a lot of playing. Kids do cartwheels, handstands and make walking the same boring route home from school interesting by jumping off walls etc. Because believe it or not, that shit is dope and makes you feel like a BAWSE.
4. GUESS WHAT? NOBODY DIES WHEN YOU MAKE A "FOOL" OF YOURSELF (ALSO YOU'RE NOT THAT IMPORTANT, BABES. SORRY).
Whether it's falling out of a pose flat on your face (with the high possibility it will actually be, flat. on. your. face), or saying some dumb shit in an interview wishing the floor would open up. Like that time when I answered one of the interviewer's questions with "I have to be honest, I don't know" and was still offered the job. Don't shy away from owning the foolishness, don't overthink it or beat yourself up over it. It's a waste of energy. Real talk, it will actually help you. It teaches you what it feels like to try, recover from a situation, it highlights where you need to improve or focus your attention for next time, and more importantly it gives you a reality check and reminder, nobody cares that much about what you're doing anyway. And you falling over publicly, might just help someone else feel fight the fear and find freedom too.
5. YOU'RE A G AND YOU'RE CAPABLE OF WAY MORE THAN YOU THOUGHT.
No disrespect to our awesome brains cos the power of thought is strong yo, but it's not always a positive thing if you're thinking ain't right. Your thoughts will sometimes have you believe you can't do shit before you've even tried it. And whilst it's true, I'm still working on that muvafugin crow pose, and I can't guarantee I will always be able to balance my WHOLE BODY ON JUST MY HANDS (if you couldn't tell, this still blows my mind) every time I try. The real truth is, I'm way better at it than I thought I would be and by practicing over and over, it feels different in my body and I've kicked my muscle memory's ass so it now helps me, instead of feeling like it's working against me. This can literally be applied to everything in your life that you're doubting if you just flip a switch on any negative thoughts or worries you have and know that you have everything you need to start. Love and feel the cheese, "you are enough".
Yoga just keeps reinforcing what I already know about life and adding its own little surprises. I'm not free from frustrations, but I'm in a dope ass place with it. Are you? I wanna know what it's doing or done for you, no matter how little or small!
Holla at your girl, innit.