This week’s blog entry was written by guest author Jennifer Campbell. Jennifer is a graduate of Whole Life Yoga’s teacher training program. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
For several years, every January 1, I would wake up early and pound out a few miles on the treadmill. I told myself this would be the year – the year I would to lose weight, or finally take up running, or attain those mythical six pack abs. I made elaborate schedules for my exercise and tried to move my 6:45 wake up time to 5 am so I’d have time to work out in the morning.
And every year, I kept it up for about a week. Sometimes for two weeks. But by the end of January, I’d have given up, only to try again the following year.
This year, I knew that I wanted to make exercise a New Year’s Resolution, but that I wanted to actually follow though for the whole year. There was a small part of me that thought maybe I should give pylometrics or circuit training a try, and what is this HIIT stuff that I keep hearing about?! But I stopped myself. My schedule is a little too busy right now, and besides – the exercise that I really love is yoga.
Last summer, I attended a yoga workshop with Donna Farhi and she discussed the two different kinds of exercise – the kind that requires or depletes energy, and the kind that restores energy.
Her point was that we need both in our lives, and that yoga can fulfill either. But what I’m taking from it in thinking about my New Year’s Resolution for this year, is that my life is pretty stressful right now – I’m working and in school full time. It takes a lot of energy. What I really need at this moment in my life is the kind of exercise that restores energy.
To me, that means long meditative walks, and finally trying Qi Gong (I’ve been meaning to try that for months). Things that bring movement to my body, but that leave me feeling refreshed, rather than exhausted. And actually, that fits better with my exercise goals, which are not to get an intense workout, but to improve my posture (my posture sucks), relieve stress, sleep better.
And of course, I’ll be practicing plenty of yoga.
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