I had a million reasons why I wanted to skip yoga last night. After all, aside from a yoga + spin infusion class once or twice last winter, it was my first yoga class in exactly one year. 52 whole weeks without yoga? Clearly I’d been making excuses for way too long.
I thought for sure that I would miss class. I left the house late, got stuck at every red light imaginable, and had just barely found my spot with 1 minute to spare when I realized the teacher wasn’t even there yet. I had time to snap a few pictures before class started and then I quickly remembered why this was so good for me.
I’ll spare you my thoughts of how yoga is so good for your mind + body because you should already know that, but it’s true: one hour of practice while the sun was setting was exactly what I needed to reel back in my attitude and stretch out my sore muscles. The sunset was unlike one I’ve seen in a long time, and for the first time in forever, I focused on what I was doing rather than grabbing my phone to snap a picture.
mind // To be honest, lately, I feel exhausted. There are never enough hours in the day, and my job has been leaving me feeling drained & stressed. When I leave the office, I feel like I’m rushing around to get to the gym, stop at the grocery store, make dinner, walk my dog, work on a side project, or lately, work even more, all before I’m crashing (HARD) around 9pm every night. I spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen and as much as I love staying busy, or doing things for other people, I realized tonight that I just need to slow down and make time for myself in between all of these other things. Even on days where I’m rushing to the gym after work, it still feels like exactly that: rushing. While I love lifting weights and spacing out to the Food Network while knocking out some cardio, a lot of the time it still feels very chore-like to make sure I get to the gym after a long day.
body // The night before was leg day at the gym, which made for a pretty painful salutation sequence. I’m notorious for not stretching enough, and lately my workouts have consisted of strictly weights + cardio. I’ve been asking for a stand-up desk at work, but until that day comes, I sit at a desk for a majority of my waking hours and it takes a toll. There were some poses that were embarrassingly hard for me tonight, especially since I used to be pretty good at this yoga thing… but I digress.
So that’s it. What started with a million excuses not to do yoga, turned into me feeling a million times better. I made a point on Monday to pep talk myself into taking advantage of the last little bit of extra daylight at the end of the workday and to find a better work + life balance, and even though I know I could do better, I think reintroducing some yoga is a good start.