Guest Post: Yoga for Wellness #5
Kirsten Doody is a fortunate young lady with an unfortunate last name. She received her yoga teacher training at Kripalu and is a grad student at the University of Texas at Austin, hook ‘em! She also studied business at McGill University in Montreal, QC. She’s a third culture kid who loves to travel and cuddle with her pup, Mr. Bean.
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It seems as though it was just yesterday I wrote my last post about New Year’s resolutions. Time flies when you’re trying to do a lot at once. I’ve been trying to do too many things at once and it affects me in a negative way. It affects my yoga and meditation practice for sure. Feelings of doubt and fear creep in when things move too fast and your path gets blurry. I’ve often asked myself why I have this pattern of piling more on my plate than I can handle (I don’t just mean that metaphorically, but that’s a post for another day). While it’s good to try new things and explore, I have to make sure I don’t lose myself in the process. Distractions are a great way to hide from the self-work I need to do.
Everyone has an image of themselves they would like to project to the world. What they wear, where they go, whom they’re with, and what music is on their latest playlist all make up this image. The slippery, sneaky, and fascinating creator of this image is our ego. My main goal is always to be the best that I can be, but what is best for me and what is best for my ego don’t always coincide. For example, I recently ran another half marathon. It wasn’t my best time, but I was still overjoyed with my accomplishment at the finish line. Later that day I celebrated with friends and I was bombarded with the question, “Are you going to run a full marathon now? You should!” I have often dreamed of running 26.2 miles. It would be such a challenge and push my will power to the limit. I wouldn’t just feel accomplished, and an oval sticker on my bumper wouldn’t express my pride. Running a marathon would make my ego very happy, but it would hurt my body. With a past hip flexor injury that flares up every half marathon I run, I can only imagine what running twice that distance would do.
I run for many reasons and I hope I’m still running when I’m 80, but I’m not going to be able to do that if I don’t listen to my body now. I’m in my early 20s and I already hear my friends complaining about joint and muscle pains from pushing themselves too hard. My yoga and meditation practice has helped me accept my limitations with grace instead of trying to fight them. Lying in pigeon position, before and after my race, hurt so good as I stretched and breathed into each fiber of my psoas. I am able to take care of myself when I am aware of my body and its limitations. Things get lost in the blur when you go too fast and push too hard. As your new year picks up speed, take time to know yourself and take care.
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