My 2013 is off to a great start when it comes to getting back to consistent exercise. I’ve been very pleased with the Yoga Flow class offered on Thursday mornings at our nearby rec center and I do my best to regularly attend. Karen is the regular instructor and is a great teacher who progresses the flow so there is time to warm up the muscles (and in CO winter, it is essential!) and she challenges everyone in many poses that encourage stability and strength.
Even in a flow class like Karen’s where she has the freedom to change things up a bit, there is a pattern that develops and a comfort in the familiar teaching style. This happens in all aspects of fitness and especially group classes. We are so happy to be consistent with our exercise routine that we don’t realize the stagnation that develops. So sometimes, it’s really nice to have a different instructor. Like this morning when there was a substitute instructor for our yoga class and she was great!
Are you open to a change in your routine? Here’s a test: ask yourself, what is your first thought when a substitute teacher walks in to teach your habitual exercise class? Do you groan silently and try and figure out a graceful exit? Are you grumpy that no one told you about the instructor change? Yes? I used to be that way. It drove me crazy to have to adjust my routine, and even more so, my mental adjustment to a new voice, new pattern, new pace, etc.
I used to be that way until I let go. I let go of the control and opened up to what new things I might learn from a new instructor. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Great things come from changing your perspective, even in a small change of a group exercise instructor. Granted, there are those times when the new instructor isn’t that great or the different style pushes you too far or not enough. It is important to see these times as when you learned what you DON’T like. But you still learned something right?
So next time you get an unexpected change in your exercise routine, take a moment and be open to what you might learn about yourself.
- On my history with yoga (byjanine.wordpress.com)
- How Flow Yoga May Help To Improve Your Self-Esteem (casapalmera.com)
- The Homogenization of Yoga. ~ Erin Mathiason (elephantjournal.com)