Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Importance of Trying Things You're Not Good At


It might be my competitive nature, but I have always been the person who likes doing things... that I'm good at.  All of that changed last year when I started yoga.  Even though I felt horribly out of shape and inflexible when I started, I kept going back.  In every way possible, it was the best decision to continue, even though I wasn't good at it.

My Instagram account was blowin' up with yoga poses last month for Grow Soul Beautiful's #YogaADay challenge.  Initially, I participated, because I thought it would be fun and would force me to stretch daily, but during the process, I learned so much.  It is so helpful to see the alignment of my body.  Sometimes, I would look at a photo and think, "Oops.  I better fix that."  Other times, I was pleasantly surprised.  For example:

Chaturanga Dandasana // Four-Limbed Staff Pose
Proper form = arms screaming 

Marichyasana III
This is a deep twist!  That's my right arm wrapped around my left leg.  You try it.

Bakasana // Crane
I had never tried Crane before, but I was determined!


I am still at the very beginning of this yoga journey, but I fully intend to stick with it.  Moral of the story: Do something you're not good at.  Open your mind, be brave, go it a fair go, and you'll surprise yourself.


P.S. Happy 85th birthday to my Grandma Cristina!  I love you!

17 comments:

Sam said...

Way to go & try something new! Those poses look tough, especially crane!

Meg O. said...

For someone who is new to yoga, it looks like you are pretty much a beast (I know, I keep saying it....I can't help myself!!)

Gesci said...

Whenever I saw one of these pics all I could think is YOU ARE SO BENDY.

It's true. Also, your arms are killer.
I need to get back into yoga.

Kate Harvey said...

I love yoga, and it really does get easier the more you do it! I feel the same way about zumba--I felt pretty uncoordinated when I started but after doing it for almost a year, I've finally found my groove! :)

Darby Hawley said...

Holy moly I am beyond impressed with every single pose!

Ellie said...

You're all bendy....

I feel better knowing I can do at least one of those poses...You call it a four-limbed staff pose, I call it a down-position push-up. I used to make Soldiers hold that pose as part of their conditioning. It's not fun. I think I'll throw it in to my workout tomorrow ;)

Michelle said...

You go, girl! I can barely touch my toes. I was super flexible when I was in dance, but it's been so long and I've lost a lot of my flexibility! I'm trying to get some of it back :)

Meg Cady said...

Look at you go girl!!!!!

I'm so impressed with you challenging yourself!!

love yaaaaaa

Kristen @ KV Confessions said...

You're AMAZING! I've been following your Instagram pics and it always makes me want to get back into it. Loved seeing this challenge of yours!

Megan Strange said...

I am MOST impressed with your crane. What. a. beast.

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

I'm so proud of you for doing this Lindsay! I love yoga, but it's too expensive to take classes and I don't have the self-discipline to do it on my own :/ I'm really impressed that you've stuck with it though, and I definitely admire that attitude you have about trying new things. It's definitely something I need to do more often! xoxo

Heidi said...

Awesome! I love yoga and used to do it regularly, but have fallen out of my routine schedule. This is inspiring for me and gets me motivated to start again!

Kristin said...

Thanks for the inspiration today Linds! So proud of you on your journey...your form is lookin' great btw!

caitplusate.com said...

I am so impressed by the beauty of your yoga poses, especially crane! I am hoping to get that one someday - still have not been able to. Also impressed by your reverse half moon. I struggle with that (and half moon, OMG such a struggle).

Whitney said...

I still can't believe you've only been doing yoga for a little over a year. You're amazing at it!

Martie @ Spunkyrella said...

Wow. You look like a pro! I mean it. Just wow....

Anna {ramblyblog.com} said...

THIS IS AMAZING!!

Great job girl!