If you are a fellow perfectionist than you can probably relate to needing to get out of your own head. As perfectionists, it's easy to get tangled up in your own web of insecurities and self-critical thinking. My two favorite ways of combating overthinking are mediation and physical activity. Enter Yoga. Yoga isn't just a workout for me. Yoga is moving meditation. Best of both worlds right?
We perfectionists are often hard on ourselves, downright cruel even! My yoga mat is the place where I personally find the most ease. A yoga practice allows us to slow down and connect to our breath and bodies, while hopefully putting everything else on pause.
I've practice yoga on and off for years. But as Muay Thai has taken a more prominent role in of my life, yoga too has grown in prominence . Yin and yang! Muay Thai is a competitive sport. It's a COMBAT sport. And while it has probably has changed my life for the positive more than other single activity has, it also triggers my perfectionism, which makes sense. It's always the things I love most that trigger my perfectionism.
I highly encourage everyone to supplement their training or exercise routine with yoga and not just for the physical benefits (i.e. increased flexibility) but for the mental benefits as well.
When you train you do your best to push yourself to your limits. It's the only way you are going to grow and improve. Maybe you aren't an athlete and you workout to loss weight or get stronger. Either way, when you are a perfectionist it's easy to beat yourself up when you aren't getting the results you think you should be seeing.
With yoga you aren't in competition with anyone. If you have a tendency to compare yourself to others you can even start off with just a home practice, no need to worry about being intimidated by super flexible yogis at the studio. I, however, encourage you to venture out to a studio every now and then. What you'll find is yogis of all ages, shapes, sizes, and skill levels coming together to honor themselves on the mat.
A yoga routine can be as challenging or fast-paced as you want. You get to tailor it to YOUR needs. Like Adriene of Yoga with Adriene says "find what feels good." So when everything else in your life seems to be out of your control I encourage you to visit your mat. Afterwards, you might just realize that all those other things aren't as overwhelming as you thought.
Below are a couple of yoga vids to start you off. Stay tune for more yoga content on the blog! xoxo