“The key to success is …”
This gal has my whole body and soul’s undivided focus!
I’m in yoga class with Ella.
I travelled all the way across town, like my life depends on it (which it kinda does), to take her class, which I know will take me to the next level in yoga and my life, not to mention give me the best toned arms! Yeah, I always look at the way a teacher practices what they preach, and Ella is a blinding example of a rockin’ body.
Her mantra: “The key to success is … in your daily habits.”
She goes on to talk about her students getting into elaborate arm balances and then checking out mentally, waiting for her to finish her 5-hold countdown.
“You come to yoga to work your stuff out on your mat—the habits you practice are usually the habits you live by. Are you showing up in a pose and checking out mentally, or are you grounding your feet, focusing on your breath, going deeper in your muscle extension?”
Today I notice that I stop breathing when “the going gets tough” in a yoga pose. I don’t trust that I can execute a hand stand without the support of the wall. This makes me stop breathing. I am overwhelmed. I realize that this is something I do in other areas of my life and I tend to take risks only when I’m supported. No wonder I feel like I’m moving in slow motion!
I have a crazy work schedule and don’t take the time to breathe through any of it.
You know that mindset when you are constantly thinking of the next thing, the next thing and the next thing that needs to get done? You check out of the present moment, which is the only place where life ACTUALLY exists—the only place you’ll ever feel the exhilarating joy of what you’re trying to achieve!
“You HAVE to start to care,” Ella says. “People blame life for things not changing, not getting what they want, instead of looking at their habits, developing new ones, and being patient and persistent with themselves for change to manifest.”
I think to myself: Wow, you really start aging when you stop growing within yourself. When everything around you stays the same, it gets OLD!
So I ask myself: At what moment did I check out? What can I do daily to remind myself to beathe?
I know I’m a different person when I take the time to BREATHE. It’s almost like I have a less-focused, less-productive twin!
This is why I take classes like Ella’s. I’m able to take action—recognizing old habits that are blocking my growth, and developing NEW habits that are more constructive. This is exactly what I do with my clients and in my own life.
Not sure what’s in your way? Thats OK! The point is to set yourself up! We can work together and tweak your life habits—so you can be the best version of yourself and achieve success with the goals you set for yourself.
Ella is one of my resources. What are yours?
But give me a few minutes to get back to you—right now I’m in an unsupported hand stand! 1-1000, 2-1000, ok … breathe.
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