What Barre and Bowspring Are Teaching Me About My True Sources of Inner Strength, and Hint: They’re Not Muscular.
One of the many motivating factors behind my decision to challenge myself with monthly fitness goals is that whatever progress I make physically in four weeks’ time can never compare with the progress I make mentally and emotionally. I take class at my studios not to lose weight, but instead to gain clarity, confidence, and peace of mind. My BMI stays where I want it as a result of my decision to carve an hour out of my busy day for my mental health.
Some of my most enlightened moments happen as a result of a fitness instructor imparting their wisdom on a class I’m in. My yoga teacher has a tendency to slide these sayings into her meditative words during Shavasana that leave me reflecting for hours after I walk out of the studio. What Amanda said at the end of a long Power + Bowspring class this week inspired this post: there’s strength in vulnerability.
According to Miriam-Webster’s Dictionary, vulnerable is defined as capable of being physically or emotionally wounded. “
This notion of vulnerability resonated so much with me by way of two channels:
Literally + Physically:
I’m in the middle of this March Fitness Challenge with Smart Barre and AC Power Yoga. I am new to Smart Barre, and because my muscles aren’t used to it, I’m vulnerable. Sometimes I look out of place in class. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m doing and it takes me a few seconds to catch up during an exercise. My muscles feel sore and weak because I’m working them differently. Bowspring yoga is still a relatively new practice, even though I’m on month 2 of working it into my body. I’m still living in the zone of vulnerability with it, as it is a new way of moving.
Metaphorically + Digitally:
There is some vulnerability in putting myself out there when I report on these monthly fitness challenges. Sometimes my results aren’t what they should be. Sometimes they are.
I’m not perfect. I can’t always make it to class. My body doesn’t always feel 100%. Sometimes I’m up way too late working and snooze my alarm and miss the only time in a day that works with my schedule to sweat it out at the barre or on my mat. What I learned from Amanda’s statement this week is that my true strength comes from the fact that I’m open to trying. That I’m open to taking risks and learning things and doing something new.
When it comes to creating the life you want to lead, you first have to uncover your courage to do so. Dig down deep- you already have all of the tools you need to make your life look the way you have always dreamed. Find your inner strength, and then put it to work.
You can do it!
Thank you to Smart Barre San Antonio and AC Power Yoga for sponsoring this March Fitness Challenge series.