Monday morning. 7am. Soggy ground. Cloudy sky. Chilly air. The recipe for staying home in bed if I ever heard one.
And yet, 12 people showed up for class.
Let's face it, there are days we are in the mood to work, and days we want to sleep in. How do we find the motivation to show up for ourselves instead of hitting the snooze button?
Here are some tips that help me when my motivation is low:
1- Stop thinking of exercise as a punishment for what you ate. Think of it as a celebration for what your body can do for you. Think of it as a way to improve not only your physical body, but also your mental health. Learn how to cheer for yourself :) (I co-teach spin/yoga with my cousin. I'm really not a fan of spin. However, I've learned to love it, to come to class with all my enthusiasm and go all out for 30 minutes. Because attitude matters. And it's worth it. And my quads feel strong :D)
2-Know that yoga itself is a science, and just by showing up on your mat, you are starting to change your DNA on the cellular level. The more work you put in, the more benefit you will see.
3-By exercising first thing in the morning, you are setting the tone for your whole day. Stretching into your body and mindfully breathing is a wonderful way to care for yourself, and typically, when we mindfully take care of ourselves once, it becomes easier to implement the new pattern.
What motivates you?
Weather-56 & cloudy
Students-12, 10 mat, 2 chair