Commit to a longer lasting better you with yoga!

Still toying with the idea of trying the new yoga classes at CrossFit St Croix? Or maybe not even considering it?

Here are some questions to ask yourself.

What are your fitness goals? Are they short term, like crushing a particular WOD, getting that big 1-rep max lift, or hitting a weight-loss target?

Short term goals become short-lived experiences; often being buried in the graveyard of hopes and dreams. At best, they become “glory days” stories; at worst they become more reinforcement that we can’t achieve the lasting change we hoped for.

Is a lifetime of fitness your goal? Then what will get you there and help you maintain it for your life.

When gauging our level of health, CrossFit refers to the Sickness-Wellness-Fitness continuum.

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When people attempt to “get healthy” with a change in eating habits and/or activity levels, they can pretty easily move the needle from the Sickness side of the gauge to the Wellness point; maybe even a little beyond into the Fitness end. At least short term.

Then what happens?

A stressful situation; an injury; boredom; distraction; doubt; craving; discomfort. This list is endless.

When we bump into those challenges, we falter on our fitness journey and tumble toward sickness. We get frustrated and try again, and fail again, and so on, and so on. Some, facing this dilemma, “try harder”. They push themselves even harder at the gym, or starve themselves to lose weight, with more short term successes that eventually slam into one of the limiters listed above. When they fall again it can be even worse. The gauge appears broken as the needle bounces between fitness and sickness, over and over.

What is the secret of getting into the fitness end of the gauge and staying there?

It is all about the mind.

Our mind is a hungry horse that we ride down a narrow path with lush pastures on either side. Unless we rein it in, the horse will constantly be reaching out to take a bite, sometimes stopping in its tracks, sometimes stepping off the path altogether and heading to any place but where we want to go. It is without a doubt, the mind can be difficult to manage.

The good news is, the mind can be trained.

In our yoga classes you will gain some tools to help keep your horse moving down the path. Learning the power of your breath to help quiet the mind, minimizing stress and all the health issues associated with it. Building a stronger connection between the mind and your body to help you achieve your physical goals, while minimizing the risk of injury. Becoming comfortable with discomfort, so you can do what needs to be done to stay your course regardless the goal, whether physical, mental, emotional, financial, and more.

But here’s the deal. You can’t look at this opportunity as something you’ll just “try”.

To achieve success at anything requires commitment and consistency. Committing to practicing yoga once or twice each week, for 30 days, will begin the process of change.

You wouldn’t practice deadlifts or squat cleans once each month and expect to steadily improve. Tapping into the wide array of benefits from yoga is no different.

And while practicing deadlifts once or twice each week will build your capacity to do better deadlifts, which will transfer to a few other things in your life, practicing yoga a couple times each week has an exponential affect that reaches far beyond getting “bendy and flexy”. Yes, it will improve your performance at the gym, but more importantly, it will affect many areas of your life, moving your health toward a more permanent point on the Fitness end of the continuum.

Commit to a longer lasting better you!

Join us Thursday nights at 6:00 P.M. and Sundays at 9:30 A.M.

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