Finding Success by Sticking With It
“Success” is defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose,” but since we all have different aims/purposes along our fitness journey, everyone’s definition of success can be different and unique. Success might be getting into a particular yoga posture, making it through an entire Barre class, being able to touch your toes, or just connecting with your breath. Sometimes successes are small things that start to fall into place along your journey and other times successes are major accomplishments that change your outlook on fitness and life. However, no matter if the success is big or small: setting goals, working hard to accomplish them, and sticking with it throughout the process are essential to finding ultimate success.
I have found this to be especially true since joining the Yoga Time community this past summer and beginning my yoga and barre journey here in western Loudoun County.
As someone who had never gone to an official yoga studio before, my first few experiences with yoga and barre were extremely challenging, especially barre! My very first class at Yoga Time studio was an express barre class with Maribeth. I was by no means out of shape and thought 45 minutes would be a breeze, but that first class was so hard! I remember my legs shaking and thinking “this isn’t for me!” It would have been easy at that point to give up (and honestly, I think it took me a week or so to get up the motivation to go back) but I did and that process of sticking with it has resulted in personal success. In my opinion, barre is one of those things that you have to commit to and stick with. When I first started, I only went occasionally. I remember reading and hearing about how people said their bodies changed because of barre and thinking… why hasn’t mine? Then, I started training to become a barre instructor and practicing barre 4-5 times a week. That process of sticking with it and consistently practicing has made me feel stronger and changed my outlook (and body)!
Similarly with yoga, my first yoga class was a Power Vinyasa with Mindy, which I loved but found very challenging. That class has a focus on inversions like salamba sirsasana (headstands), adho mukha vrksasana (handstands), and pincha mayurasana (forearm balance). I remember those first couple classes just looking around the room in amazement and barely attempting any of those postures. It’s been by sticking with my yoga practice and going back to that class repeatedly that I have started to find some success. In my opinion, success in yoga comes with a mental commitment, acceptance of your body, attention to body position, perseverance and confidence. The first time I successfully got up into a headstand was a major moment for me. I had been putting my head and arms in the wrong positions which made balancing almost impossible and was too intimidated to try to kick up. By sticking with it, making those adjustments to my body position and being confident enough to try (using a wall helps), I was able to be successful.
Fitness really is a journey filled with peaks, valleys, roadblocks, challenges and successes. If you are a member of the Yoga Time community, you are already on your fitness journey – stick with it and you will find success, big and small!