Posted on: Thursday, 17 July 2014

Listen to your body

Waaaa, I've just logged on to find over 2k pageviews just for today! Not sure what's happened but I'm kinda liking it! Hopefully I'm sending some kind of positive message to all you lovely earthlings :)

So, today was actually Day 3 of Empower however due to a slight physical glitch, it's now my Day 2. Yesterday I woke up feeling as stiff as a plank of wood. I was aching from head to toe, my throat was sore and my body exhausted. There's a lot of sickness going around at work and I think the mix between late nights and coughs and sneezes has been taking its toll on my body. I was very tempted to go home sick but I fought through and made it to 7pm.

It was about 9:30pm by the time I actually set up the second video of Empower (Strength) so I was battling with tiredness as well as aches and pains. Suffice to say, I only made it through 10 minutes before my body screamed out 'stop!'. I just had no energy to hold myself up and with half a heart I released and let myself slump upon my mat without any grace whatsoever. I have really learned that to get the most out of my practice, I need to listen to my body. Yesterday wasn't the day for Strength and that's ok. It was important to heal before moving on.

I'm happy to say that I made it through Strength this morning! It was bloody tough, I haven't felt so physically challenged since Yoga classes with my past teacher Anchelique (she used to push me beyond my limits every day!). I found solace in downward dog, usually the nemesis of my practices and I found myself not only pushing through but being kind to myself too. How do I feel now? Well, the aches certainly didn't diminish over night, but I did feel a little stronger and I feel like the practice actually did my muscles some good! Now I have the day to recover and I'll pick up the practice tomorrow with Day 3.

Wherever you are in the world...

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