Finding time to exercise and stay fit, while working long hours day in and day out, is always a challenge. While I encounter plenty of awkward and uncomfortable moments throughout the day and I am perfectly fine dealing with these emotionally uncomfortable encounters, nothing affects me more than being physically uncomfortable.
After considering a few different types of exercise options, I settled on a month-long trial to a local Bikram yoga studio. While I have practiced traditional yoga, nothing had prepared me for the intensity of the extreme heat. Imagine a room heated to roughly 110 degrees and filled with sweaty people - I felt uncomfortable through almost all of my senses mainly touch and smell.
After going the first week or so, I wanted to quit because everything just felt so uncomfortable. My body wasn't adapting to the heat like everyone said it would, and I found myself anxious whenever 6:00 p.m. would roll around because that would be my queue to leave the office for the yoga studio. But why don't I just stop going? The thought had crossed my mind, but I had paid for a one-month membership already! And that's when I remembered something that someone had said a long time ago: "Yoga is about the body, but more so about the mind."
I realized that my physical discomfort was affecting my mental & emotional comfort, which meant that my mental & emotional state could potentially affect my physical comfort for the better. I started taking time before and after yoga to clear my mind and relax my emotions - stresses that would have been on my mind before were completely gone and instead I was focused on controlling my mind and my body. Slowly but surely, the physical discomfort I was feeling the first week or so had slowly started to fade and I could feel myself feeling more and more excited to go to my Bikram yoga class everyday.
And now, months after I started this journey, I am completely comfortable every time 6:00 p.m. rolls around. I feel myself emotionally prepared prior to my yoga classes, and in turn I feel physically comfortable even if the yoga room becomes extra hot once in a while. I can safely say that I've 'owned' this uncomfortable moment and will be looking forward to trying new things, even if they are initially out of my comfort zone!
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