One of the reasons I hated yoga for so long was that it forced me to be still…to let myself get lost in my thoughts. To somehow relax both mind and body.
It turns out that’s one of the hardest things I have ever tried to do — to quiet everything and focus. But I kept at it and now yoga is one of the most important pieces of my fitness puzzle.
- The Surprising Reason I Love Yoga
- Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
- Upward Facing (Dog)
- Everybody Say Ommm…
- You Never Know What Someone’s Going Through
- Sweat Your Asana Off
Now, a new challenge…and one I find I’m embracing even more passionately than I imagined.
Bear with me, because it’s getting hippie dippie in here. I’m in love with Hypnobabies. I’m using it as part of my pregnancy preparation, and I’ll save all of that part of it for my other blog.
But it brings me to the most relaxed, in-tune state I’ve ever been. It’s basically self-hypnosis, with a series of audio tracks to listen to (and scripts to read). I was super skeptical. I didn’t think it would affect me, or that I’d be able to let go enough to find success.
(If you want to try a free track, this one is designed for everyone, not just for pregnant peeps. It’s meant to help ease stress.)
In the end, the messages resonate, pregnant or not. Things like:
“You deserve to get the outcome you desire.”
“You can’t move forward when negative thoughts are weighing you down.”
“You will get what you commit to. If you want to be relaxed, you will be. If you want to be open to new experiences, you will be. If you want to be free of fear, you will be.”
It’s a challenge, no doubt. I have to give myself the time and space (literally) to complete the tracks. I have to be OK with lying quietly and not multitasking. I have to suspend disbelief and fight back the nagging “seriously, Katy, you’re doing this???” voice.
Mantras rock, and the harder you fight them, the more effective they’ll be when you finally give in. That’s what I’m finding, anyway.