At the end of my usual yoga classes, when we’ve all made our way down into final savasana (or corpse pose), my instructors first read us a quote, then ring this enormous tibetan meditation bowl in a way that really feels as if you’re being cleansed of anxieties, fears, and pain. This was today’s quote (I snapped a picture of it out of my yoga instructor’s book).
“I know you’re tired, but come. This is the way.”
While laying breathless in savasana with sweat cooling my body, hearing this quote immediately reminded me of the chants I tell myself when I’m in the middle of a strenuous workout to get me through those last few reps. Things like, “If it hurts, it’s working.” Or, “That ache in your arms means they’re getting stronger.”
The reason it’s called a workout is because it takes work. You’ll only see half the results if you put in half the work, so don’t skimp on the effort. When you’re sweating, when you’re aching, and when you’re gasping for breath ready to give up, push just a little harder. Breathe. It’s okay to shake. It’s okay to quiver. That’s how you know you’re doing it right.
You are in compete control of shaping and sculpting your body. Like the poem says, when you can hear your heart pounding and your blood pumping, when you feel the sweat dripping from your hairline or down your neck, and when you find yourself straining for breath ready to give up, remember: this is exactly what you need to be doing to get the results you want. This is the way.
You’ve got this.
Keep it fit, keep it healthy, and find balance in your lives.
And breathe. Always breathe.
Good luck to you all in your fitness goals.