I am sure we have all heard someone say that his or her job is slowly killing them. I have said this myself, more than once. At 24/25 I should have been a fairly healthy, happy person. Unfortunately I was not nearly as happy and healthy as I could be. I had been to the Dr. and my diagnosis: they didn’t know what’s wrong. So I was left to my own devices to try and solve my problems. What exactly were my problems? I was constantly so tired that making it through the day without a nap was a huge struggle. If I sat down and closed my eyes, I could fall asleep anywhere. I had really bad restless legs. I was losing weight even though I was eating normal and healthy. My back was always in extreme pain. My anxiety was the worst it had ever been in my life. I had to get medication for really bad nights so I could fall asleep at night, and stay asleep. I was just an overall hot mess, with zero part of it looking hot.
I knew I didn’t love my job anymore, but it was becoming more and more apparent to me that I in fact hated my job and my body was slowly deteriorating because of it. So I decided I wanted to make a career change from a nanny to a life coach. I began my training and loved it! I became certified, and then realized I didn’t have the time, or energy to actually take on clients. I felt trapped. This just made me hate and resent my job even more. Luckily during this time I had started hot yoga to try and help my anxiety. Best decision of my life! Yoga is an amazing thing, but you have to find your right studio and type of yoga. I had done yoga before, but never thought I could really get into and have it be worth paying a membership for. Once I found the studio and classes that were right for me, I was hooked! The studio I found offers hot yoga, as well as meditations and yin yoga. I try and go hot yoga at least 3 times a week, and restorative yin yoga every Sunday night. The changes that started happening almost immediately surprised me.
Yoga helped me release my frustration of work and helped get the blood flowing to help alleviate some of the restless leg problem. I could have had the worst day at work, but the second I walked into my class, I was happy and at peace. It also had an amazing effect on my nervous system, and helped tremendously with my anxiety. Having this outlet gave me the energy to actually start being able to take on clients! I don’t think that I would have ever had the energy to start my coaching business and my blog if I never started doing yoga. I would have probably slowly but surely withered away to an unhappy/overly anxious mass that was just going through the motions. Now, I have the ability to work on my passions and create businesses that I love!
If you want to give yoga a try to see what it can do for you, here are my tips!
- Do the free, inexpensive trial deals, or Groupon first. My studio offered 20 days unlimited for $20. It was great to try it out with no strings attached.
- When you know, you’ll know! I’ve always had an “ugh is this over?!” moment in yoga, like 5 mins in. When I took my first class at my studio, I instead thought “wait, it’s over?!”
- I know its hard, but try to leave your insecurities at the door! Yoga studios can feel a bit intimidating when you’re new. Go in with an open mind and open heart!
- Make sure you do a level appropriate class. If you are new or unsure of your skills, do a beginning level class.
- If it’s not the studio for you, it’s not the studio for you. Don’t try and convince yourself that if you sign up for a membership you’ll go, you wont!! Try another studio.
- Enjoy yourself!!! Yoga is such an amazing activity that helps you in so many different ways.