Friday Favorites – Soulmate workout

I don’t know if you’ve heard the term “soulmate workout”…but I just recently found mine.

Yoga.

I don’t know what it is about Yoga that intimidates so many people, previously myself included. Is it because of all those amazing yogi instagram accounts with the incredible backbends and other fancy poses they beautifully capture? Or maybe it’s the “being still” aspect that throws you for a loop. Or maybe you think it’d be boring. Maybe you don’t think you could ever do what they do. Whatever your reason, just hear me out.

I have been pretty active all my life. I was a 3 sport athlete in high school. Shortly after I graduated I started having severe knee pain. And then on top of that, after starting to go to a chiropractor regularly, I found out my scoliosis was not doing so well.

Over the years I have tried many different home and gym workouts; Chalene Extreme, Hip Hop Abs, Turbofire, Turbokick, and many more.

The issue is I pushed myself too hard. So I found myself constantly hurting my back. In 2013, after being inactive for a good 4 months and some intense therapy and rehab, I re-entered the workout scene.

I joined a gym and my first workout in I was doing a bodyweight squat, holding a 25 lb dumbbell, and as I went down for my first rep…. POP. I twisted and tilted my sacrum. My back was toast.

We really don’t know why this happened, but I do know that I was in the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. I remember as I was laying on that gym floor, trying to compose myself, the thought of I’m never going to be able to workout ever again kept playing over and over in my head.

I was devastated. Working out was my escape. So needless to say, I felt pretty helpless at the time.

Then 6 or so months later, my miracle workout came out, Piyo. It was a mix of pilates and yoga. PERFECT. So of course, I threw that baby in my online shopping cart the minute it was available.

This workout was the start of my transformative story. It really was one that changed my idea of what a workout should feel like. Flexibility (well, my lack there of) was one thing that was so detrimental to my back. I won’t go into the nitty gritty details of why it is, but I will tell you that flexibility is KEY to maintaining a healthy body.

Fast forward a couple years and insert a few more workout programs. I had my ups and downs. Times that I pushed myself too hard, and times that I slacked a bit too much. Until recently, I didn’t find myself “craving” a workout anymore. It became a chore that I kind of sort of despised at times.

It could be because I knew my limits and I couldn’t get that “workout high” I used to get by pushing myself really hard. Or maybe it’s because I was doing the same thing over and over again and got bored.

Then just a few weeks back, I was scrolling on facebook, and saw a friend post about a Yoga workout she started in January. She went on to say that she’s been doing only yoga and her initial thoughts of “will this be enough of a workout”, disappeared. She mentioned the transformation her body has seen was one she’s never experienced with other workouts. And she was hooked.

This totally intrigued me. So I popped onto my online workout site, and found a 3 week Yoga retreat.

I’m on Week Two, Day Four and let me tell you… all those misconceptions of what I believed yoga to be, are so not accurate. With the right teacher, and program, ANYONE can do yoga. I have never been so excited to throw on my workout gear and head downstairs to get my daily dose of yoga in.

In fact, I didn’t miss a day (well, except yesterday)…only because my stomach was feeling not so good after those fried tator tots I scarfed down at my daughter’s school event. But I’m giving myself some grace! I haven’t been this consistent with a workout in YEARS.

And I’ll be back on the horse with my workout today and I’m so hopeful you’ll also consider giving it a shot. Yoga is so much more than what you’ve heard. It is the place I find center and balance. It’s time to really get to know my body. And carefully and slowly get better every single day.

Have you found your soulmate workout? Have you been craving a change? Step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to try something different. Maybe different is what you’re looking for.

You’ll only know when you try.

Love and stepping out of comfort,

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