Did y’all know that my yoga boyfriend, Joseph Encinia, is giving out his top 10 championship training tips over at USA Yoga? Follow USA Yoga on twitter to get them. I’ll be blogging about them each day for the next ten days. I will be one day behind. When I read the first tip last night, I thought we could all get a lot out of reading and discussing them. The first tip wasn’t specific to competitors. It IS relevant to competitors, and a great tip, but it is also generalizable to us all. Even if you don’t practice yoga at all, Joseph’s first tip has something to offer you. He’s that amazing.
So here’s Joseph’s tip #1:
Always practice moderation: Yogi is neither one who sleeps or eats too little or sleeps or eats to much. One should be in moderation with their training and practice and know when to give the body a rest.
I read that, of course, on the day I ate the gigantic burrito and tried to take class. So I was like, “Damn. I did not follow tip #1 at all today.” But I know this isn’t about being perfect. I read the tip as being mindful about what I do. I should be mindful about my daily habits in life. I should be mindful about my practice and the training I do outside of class. For me, being mindful means being in the present moment as best as any of us can do so with our monkey brains.
I was mindful for a second when faced with the gigantic burrito. I knew it was too big. I knew the cheese sauce was too much. I knew what to do about it, and I still didn’t do it. I practiced the opposite of moderation. I gave in to what felt good at the moment (but didn’t feel so good later) despite knowing it was a bad idea.
Ok, so this isn’t about being perfect. What matters now is that I can look back and reflect on the situation and be mindful about how I move forward from here. So I also take the tip as being mindful but also being reflective and those two things are constantly going on.
I also read the tip as saying it’s important to be aware of our bodies, how they work, and what they need. I knew after the competition was over that I needed to give my body a good month’s rest. First, my body told me it needed to rest by getting immediately sick. But mentally, my brain was not into doing more training. I needed time to rest physically, mentally, and emotionally. There’s nothing wrong with that.
If you’re not a competitor, I think Joseph’s first tip has a lot to offer how we go about our daily lives and how we practice, whatever it is that we practice, in our daily lives. I could reword his tip and make it relevant to my job or running or whatever it is that you do. It’s not what you do that’s important here but how you do it and how you live within what it is you do or are moving towards.
How did Joseph’s first tip impact you?