Last night I had my first panic attack since I don’t know when. My whole life my biggest obstacle has been myself, and the pressure I am constantly putting on myself.
I feel pressure to do a good job at this engineering firm, to remain peaceful when I’m sitting in traffic and watching my day slip by, to keep up with my yoga practice and keep learning so I can start teaching, to keep my relationships healthy, to take the best care of my dog, to eat healthy, to keep this account inspiring and meaningful for you all while keeping up with the challenges I’m hosting, to keep my house clean, to dress nicely, to work on all of my other project ideas.
And then I think about how I shouldn’t feel this way when so many others are struggling. How some people are struggling to feed their children, and I start to feel selfish and I try and try to swallow the feelings or push them away, but that only makes it worse.
I want to be honest with you all. Social media is so filled with the highlights. That’s not real life. No one is happy 100% of the time. And that’s okay. Actually it’s good, these struggles are how we grow.
Through practices like yoga and meditation and learning to allow myself space, I’ve gotten so much better about not being in a constant state of panic, but it still comes up. I know this is normal. I know this happens to so many people.
So in that moment, when life seems to be spiraling, I remind myself that this will pass. It always has, and I make one thing my priority: just breathe.
Today is Day 9 of #FlexiNversions is a funky variation.
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Announcing Day 5 of #RestoreandRecharge today we have Squat Pose.
Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.
Pose line up
1 Hero reclinded
2 Legs up wall
4. Reclinded pigoen
7. Happy baby
💡 Whether you want a challenge or want to be time efficient, adding a dynamic movement to your planks will definitely help build a strong core in less time.
🙅 I started doing more dynamic planks after realizing that 60 second static planks become kinda…boring.
👊🏼 Grab a medicine ball, get into a plank form. At first, you will want to keep your legs further apart and then progress into bringing them closer. You can start off with 5 reps of CCW, CW and then forward/back.
✔ Remember with planks, you want to keep your glutes AND core engaged. While you are holding the plank, you should be driving your elbows into the ball as well to work your serratus anterior more.
❌ Do not let your lower back arch or stomach drop because that means we are losing tension in your abdominal muscles. Also, do not forget to breathe during the exercise!
📽 Give this a shot and let me know what you think. I had to film this 3x cause I didn't like the angle and…that was a pretty solid ab workout for the day. 😂
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