Have you heard the phrase, “Listen to your body”? I certainly have. But it took me a long time to listen. Call it rebellion, or being stubborn, or lacking wisdom; take your pick. Eventually, though, I had no choice and I was forced to make changes. Why is it we wait until we hit rock bottom to start a necessary change? It is easier, for sure, because there is nowhere to go but up.
For the last twelve years of my life, I was invested in raising my family, building a business and writing my book. I immersed myself in learning new ways to succeed in all areas of my life, except one. I let go of my body. It seemed like a chore, and one I didn’t want to make time for. When I finally woke up from completely ignoring my physical health it was quite far from my days of strength, muscle, and finesse. I knew I needed a change. Pain is a loud megaphone to activate seeking a solution and faceinevitable problems. I decided now is the time I will become a priority for myself. I will feed me better, exercise and put me to bed earlier for a good night’s rest.
I had to admit I missed tae kwon do. I was a good competitor a few years back, so I decided to try a couple of classes. I was so excited that I was back that I gave it my very best, and it was exhilarating! But it didn’t last long. My knee snapped out of place after doing complicated combinations, kicks, and jumps. Pain, again, so much pain. I had to stop working out and my chores and responsibilities at home and at work were also jeopardized. I couldn’t walk properly. The doctor offered me steroids to manage my pain, which I refused. Being an advocate for natural solutions I decided to deal with it on my own.
When I got better, I hired a trainer to get back in shape and started CrossFit. With the help of an amazing trainer and knee braces I was immersed in the world of endurance and strength,and I saw results. Finally, I was doing something for myself, but the pain in my knees and my back became excruciating. I surrendered and listened to my body. I decided to try the ‘girly sport’ of yoga.
I had this misconception only because I had no idea what it was. My friend recommended an Anointed Yoga class and we went together. My new teacher, a very pleasant lady, said that Christians are often afraid of yoga, and the rest of yoga students are afraid of Christianity. She gently merges these two worlds together in her practice. We all need to move our bodies and we all need God. I was shocked at how hard it was. ‘Girly sport’ was out the window. These women are hard-core fit.
I am so happy that my body is getting stronger and more flexible. And the best thing is I am not experiencing pain. Each class is different. The instructor chooses a topic as food for thought. Essential oils are used for emotional support and she demonstrates the right body movements. Scripture reading adds an amazing cohesion to power up body, mind, and soul. I love the way it makes me feel. I am so grateful that I didn’t pass on invitation to give it to try. It’s a good lesson to stay open. I am so glad I did. Yoga is my thing now. I know I am just a beginner, but I am on the right path. I am moving forward. I am important, and I am able, and I am worthy.