Inforgraphic: Yoga poses for runners
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One of the things we have covered in my support group is recognizing if you have a fear of joy. I had never really thought about it, but it has actually been the topic that has resonated with me the most.
I realized that it has been a long time since I have allowed myself to feel happy and carefree. For some reason, and I am still not entirely sure what that reason is, I started associating joy, excitement, or happiness with an inevitable letdown. Any time I would start to feel good and at peace, or excited about something, I would remind myself not to get my hopes up because something unexpected could happen. So eventually, positive feelings would trigger anxiety in me. Very weird. Who does that?
Growing up in the Baptist church scarred me in many ways. Unfortunately, thanks to man’s imperfection, a healthy relationship with Jesus doesn’t always coincide with what we learn from church. I remember preachers always saying, “If you’re not in a ‘storm’ right now, don’t get too comfortable, because a storm is coming!” I understand now what the context is—we should always be prepared to rely on Jesus in every situation and expect the unexpected. However, this saying embedded itself in my little brain, and I think it planted a fear in me of good things. A fear of peace. A fear of happiness. Because how could one be peaceful and happy when a catastrophic event is always around the corner? This mindset stuck with me as a child and has followed me into my adulthood. I guess I’ve been afraid of joy my entire life. Every time I felt a good feeling, a little voice in my head said, “Don’t trust this. Something bad is coming.” And I believed it.
We can’t control the bad things. They’re going to come. So why should that stop us from enjoying the good things while they last? Shouldn’t we value the peace and the happiness all the more?
On Wednesday evening in between a productive and positive day at work and dinner with my family, I started to feel joyful. And then I started to feel the anxiety. For the first time, I spoke out loud to myself in defiance. “I feel good, and it’s okay. I feel good, and it’s okay. I feel good, and it’s okay.” The anxiety slipped away.
I feel good and it’s okay!
I’ve been following along with the #Narmarchte yoga challenge. I didn’t get to start it on March 1st because we were moving, but as soon as everything is settled I want to buy myself a yoga mat and start learning yoga, using this beginner’s challenge as a guide. I’m really excited to learn to do things to help me manage my stress, whether it’s running (which I now love), or yoga, or focusing on healthier food choices. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I will be acquiring an elliptical pretty soon. I’ve already cleared a space for it in my new “Elliptical Room.” I guess you can tell my hopes are pretty high.
It’s easy to look for tons of ways to manage my anxiety and really try to throw myself into activities, but the fact is that if I don’t give each and every day to the Lord it will all eventually fall apart. Jesus’ name has power and pleading His blood and mercy over my life every morning is really the most important thing. He definitely provides tools for me to help fight the darkness through a healthy lifestyle, but He is the ultimate source of the peace that surpasses understanding. And He never fails to come to the rescue when we call on His name.
My job involves trying to win accounts worth millions of dollars each, and the stress of it makes me feel like I’m going to drop dead sometimes. People can be really ruthless when they’re trying to make that kind of money and as a result they put an unbelievable amount of pressure on everyone to get it right. God led me to a verse the other day to answer this issue and it felt like a key turning in a lock in my brain:
"The dice are thrown, but the LORD determines every outcome." Proverbs 16:33
I was actually laying my face on my open Bible and crying into it when I read this because I was too exhausted to do anything else. It was like God’s soothing voice said to me, “See? It’s all in My hands. All you have to do is your best, and the rest is up to Me. It’s okay.” I posted the verse in my cubicle right behind my computer where I can always see it and be reminded that the results are not up to me, or any other high level executive out there. They’re up to Him.
I don’t like these promo things. Aren’t people supposed to earn their followers? Aren’t we supposed to follow people because we like what they have to say?
I haven’t posted much lately, but I’m still here! We are almost settled in our new house and have been busy.
Word of the day is: relax. Breathe in, breathe out.
Before we all know it february is over! so lovely Adrianna invited me to do a challenge with her and I can’t say no, this is a great idea to share with you guys so we hope you can join us and enjoy this beginner challenge.
- We start march 1st!
- Post your photo of the day on tumblr and tag it with #namarchte You can also tag us (#yogini-dreams, #yogipeach) in your posts too!
- In every day of your posts write one thing that you are thankful! It can be something about yourself, someone you love; anything!
- Try not to judge yourself harshly in comparison to what others are doing on their mats. This is a challenge for beginners so have fun and keep your sense of humor. Laugh if you fall out of a pose, smile when things get difficult. Enjoy yourself!
- If you have some troubles feel free to ask us anything!.
- Happy child pose
- rock’n roll lotus pose
- cobra pose
- tree pose
- child pose
- warrior III
- cat pose
- camel hinge
- gate pose
- reclining big toe hold
- bharadjava’s Twist
- leg climb
- cow face pose
- mermaid pose variation
- boat pose
- Down Dog Split
- dolphin pose
- downward facing dog with knee to nose
- extended puppy pose
- sphinx roll-up
- head-to-knee forward bend
- crocodile pose
- plow pose
- inverted Plank
- butterfly pose
- diver’s Pose
- reclining hero pose
- chaturanga pose
- Garland pose
- half-moon back pose
- your favorite pose!
Remember that your practice is an individual process. So defer to your own judgement about what you can and cannot do. DON’T FORCE ANY POSE Over time, you will learn to discern the difference between something you may be afraid of or think you can’t do and something that is actually painful and possibly injurious. There is no hurry to get into any particular pose. Listen to your own body and respect what it tells you about how to practice.
We’re so excited to do this challenge!
We wait to see all of your posts! Namaste <3
I think I’ll do this challenge AND do it again in May so I can see progress.