Listen to Your body! I didn’t and THIS is what happened… Part 1
Hi my friend, Lately I’ve been writing about exercise, my programs, nutrition, but I wanted to shift gears a little bit because this is just as important (or maybe more) for your body’s success as the rest. I’m sure you have heard this before, but I’d like to remind you again: Listen to your body [...]
Hi my friend,
Lately I’ve been writing about exercise, my programs, nutrition, but I wanted to shift gears a little bit because this is just as important (or maybe more) for your body’s success as the rest.
I’m sure you have heard this before, but I’d like to remind you again: Listen to your body – It is trying to Tell you something VERY important and it should not be ignored.
There is a total connection with the body and mind. There is a reason why you get sick, why you feel pain, develop an illness, why you gain weight or hold onto fat, and all the other body diseases that you can think of. Just the same, there are reasons why you lose weight, feel super healthy, all the sudden have clear skin, or have a ton of happy energy. But your body is always telling you something. Energy is ongoing and always working, “Energy is neither created nor destroyed”.
Question is, where are YOU right now? Are you a few pounds overweight? More than a few lbs? Sick? Stressed? or Are you exactly where you want to be? With consistent energy? Healthy? Fit?
And HOW do you read what your body is telling you?
Assessing what your body is saying by the way it looks and feels is the means by which your subconscious thoughts communicate with you to tell you where you stand on the spectrum- Happy, Joyful, Peaceful, Blissful, OR Sad, Stressed, Angry, Exhausted, Depressed?
It’s a simple matter of being aware so you can find that BALANCE where you feel at ease, peaceful, joyful, open, aahh- relaxed- these mean that you are in alignment because you feel good.
Today, I would like to share with you what happened to me recently in my body and how I translate its message. Had I listened I would not be in the situation that I am now- Exhausted, in pain, unable to be at my fullest potential in my body, my mind, and energy. But this is GOOD NEWS… by understanding the message, it is how I can easily and quickly come back into my enthusiastic, energetic, happiest self. I am thankful for having a body to tell me this.
**A quick takeaway message: Don’t be a victim and ask “why me?” Rather, thank your lucky stars for the things that happen to you because it is an opportunity for growth.
Ok, so about a month ago, I sprained my ankle. I took care of it that very day and went to see a therapist for it which indeed helped the healing process. Great. I came back to working out just days later, slowly but surely. By the end of the week, I began my sprints. Interestingly enough, a few weeks before I sprained my ankle I noticed my hip getting really tight ( I had a sports injury to my left hip about 9 years ago). I also noticed a new kind of tightness in my hamstring, close to my glutes and I ignored it, stretched as best as I could and kept on pushing.
Fast forward, I get my ankle twisted. Not an ideal situation for someone who’s life depends on their physical body. Ok, so I kept going with this new tightness, and I began doing the Culver City Stairs in LA, my new favorite outdoor thing to do. (These stairs are massive, challenging, and certainly will get even the most conditioned athletes in shape!) Then I begin getting pain where my ovaries are. In the past I had cysts in the ovaries. Right then and there I knew they had come back… And again, I had gotten this pain even before the hip thing and the sprained ankle while I was hiking in Temescal Canyon, CA. There I got lost, and since I went by myself I kept running through the pain thinking that what if no one is there when I faint. I was resilient and made it, but I just chose to ignore it thereafter.
But, here at the stairs it was presenting itself yet again while I did two rounds of stairs. I did stop even though I had planned for 3 rounds. Two days later, I am feeling exhausted and really felt I needed to get back into more yoga, hadn’t done it in 2 months and wanted to take a class. The class I wanted was not available, so I decided to do 10 sprints in front of my house just to do something physical.
THIS TIME it took me down on my knees for 30 minutes!
As if the ankle, new tightness, hip pain, and other signs of my pains weren’t enough- so you would think. As a very strong minded, will powered individual- relaxing can be the hardest thing for me to do. You see, if were to compare myself to a plant I understand that a plant needs water to grow, but too much water will drown the ability for it to blossom. Part of my gift is my enthusiasm, but if I overdo it and overuse it, there is a burnout, and it can undermine my best intentions.
I will tell you the rest of the story, what I did about it and what I learned in part 2. But more importantly, I want to use this lesson in my life and share it with you because you are part of me and in your healing is also mine (and vice versa).
With love and dedication,
Your Coach – Yari
P.S. I can’t wait to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Marcia Lopez who will teach you about Womb Breathing- what it is and how it can help you lose weight and allow you to let go of disease and into full wellbeing.