Hey yoga fam,
I’m popping in with an extra dose of connection this week…
I’ll be back in a few days with a new yoga class, but for today’s convo — let’s go deep and chat about how our yoga practice can support not only who we are, but also strengthen who we want to become.
Six years ago I became a yoga teacher.
Prior to teaching, I was an avid yoga practitioner. You could find me at the studio 4-6 times per week, sometimes even more.
I was dedicated. I was committed. It became a personal religion.
And then something happened…
I became a yoga teacher, started teaching, created a yoga community, turned a blog into a business, started traveling the world with my husband, and during that incredible process…
I stopped showing up for myself.
I broke my promises.
I valued productivity over integrity.
I mostly practiced yoga to cross it off my to-do list or to create a new sequence.
In essence, I stopped valuing me.
Has this happened to you too? Maybe not with your yoga practice, but in other life arenas?
Everything I’m describing here – years of small broken promises – culminated in what I’m dubbing the recent “bathtub breakdown”. Literally, I was in the bathtub mid-day, unable to work, clutching a cup of hot tea, and crying away my fears. 🛁☕😪
It felt incredible to pause and receive, but I also knew there was a serious lesson waiting for me.
That lesson was… I MUST REBUILD TRUST.
I must choose what’s right over what’s fun, fast, or easy (a Brené Brown teaching).
I must align my actions with my thoughts, feelings and words.
I must practice yoga for me, for my mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Is this resonating with you? I had a feeling it would!
But how does one rebuild trust through their yoga practice? Please explain.
For me, this looks like a 40 day commitment to wake up, breathe, and meditate. Currently I’m on day 36 (fuck yes!), and breath by breath I’m learning to trust myself again.
For you, it might look like this ➡️
- Child’s pose every evening before bed to decompress
- Morning yoga to start your day feeling focused and confident
- Daily gratitude practice to foster an abundance mindset
- Evening wins journal entry to remember your worthiness
- Daily pranayama to keep anxiety at bay
- Daily visualization practice to connect with your future
Here’s the beauty in all this…
You get to choose what your “yoga practice” needs to be, because ultimately you’re in control of your inner landscape. Only you know what’s right for you, and then teachers like me can help start or continue the process.
Back to lessons from the bathtub breakdown, or really the bathtub breakthrough 🛁⚡😊
This experience reminded me that in order to rebuild trust and integrity, commitment and consistency are nonnegotiables on this journey.
If we say we’re going to do something, then let’s not just try to do it, let’s JUST DO IT!
And when life happens, instead of giving up, let’s reschedule our promises just like we would a doctor’s appointment… without the negative self-talk or judgement.
I call this revolutionary way of being – taking imperfect action – and it’s a powerful salve for perfectionism and procrastination (two things that keep us growth and progression).
Here’s where shit gets deep, because now it’s your turn for inquiry, get your journal and pen ready.
- How can your yoga practice really support you, like deep down, in ways beyond strength and flexibility?
- How can it help you rebuild trust, regain confidence, and remember you are enough?
- How can it help you have a wholehearted human experience?
I’m not asking these questions to add another to-do to your list of responsibilities. I’m asking them because I believe this yoga community is ready for this type of inquiry.
And because living our yoga off the mat is what we stand for here!
Be back soon with a vinyasa balancing flow to support you.
All of my off the yoga mat love,
PS – This quote by Brené Brown rocks my world!
“When I see people stand fully in their truth, or when I see someone fall down, get back up, and say, “Damn. That really hurt, but this is important to me and I’m going in again”—my gut reaction is, “What a badass.”
Let’s be badasses!
What can you do today to take imperfect action? How can your yoga support you?
Hey! I’m Allie.
I’m a self-growth student, freedom-seeker, yoga teacher and the founder of a tight-knit online yoga community: the Body Mind Soul Studio. I’m here to teach you how to transform your life on-and-off-the-mat with a holistic yoga practice.
I wanna learn it all!
The Yoga Reset Guide is my FREE 7-step journey to deepen your practice and recenter your body, mind and soul. Self-paced, no equipment necessary, perfect for beginners AND veteran yogis.