Clear Your Mind of Can’t

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There I was, in a double ankle trap in plank position. My arms were visibly shaking and my core was on fire. I heard Andrea, who is typically the sweeter, gentler instructor give the cue to begin push-up’s and that’s when the doubt started creeping in. I could almost see the words GIVE UP in bold, bright red flashing in my head like an emergency signal. I flipped my head to the side to avoid the sweat from running into my eyes and that’s what I saw it: the studio’s no-nonsense motto etched into the wall. Clear your mind of can’t. As I focused on my breath and lowered myself 90 degrees closer to the earth, my brain’s S.O.S. signal blinked off. Newly empowered, I lifted my head and opened my heart towards the sky.

I did it.

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I started attending aerial yoga back in November and two months later, I’m still at it. I legitimately surprised myself at how much I fell in love with it. I’m no stranger to yoga in general but this, this was something totally out of my comfort zone. I remember attempting my first inversion and being terrified that the hammock secured to the rafters wouldn’t hold me (even though it supports up to a thousand pounds) and I would surely fall to my death (a mere 6 inches below). But when I succeeded, I felt exhilarated and I couldn’t wait to try it again.

With every class, I feel more and more confident with trusting my body to support me. I never would have thought wrapping myself in fabric and swinging through the air would become my favorite form of exercise, or that it would even work for that matter–but it totally does. The beauty of doing yoga suspended in midair is that it allows for deeper stretches. Hanging upside down alone is such a delicious stretch for your spine; take it from someone with back problems. I feel better than ever, just within these last two months.

I’m not going to sit here and pretend I haven’t already been here before–excited about exercise and getting fit. After the novelty wore off I fell off that damned train. Again.

But (there’s always a but isn’t there?) this time feels different. Maybe it’s because I’ve actually found a form of exercise that suits me or that I’m actually not only seeing but feeling results. What I do know is that this time around, I’ve told myself two things: keep things simple, and clear your mind of can’t.

I think I’ll borrow that motto personally, for 2014 and encourage you to join me.

19 Comments

  1. nuha says:

    this is absolutely amazing!! and that quote is perfect. thanks for the reminder!

  2. Ashlee says:

    I would LOVE to try this sometime. Let’s get a date on the calendar to do this and barre!

  3. Crystal says:

    You’re a rock star for doing this! I would love to give something like this a shot and your story is so inspirational! Thanks for sharing and I am loving the reminder to stop the negativity and get it done.

  4. I love your adventurous spirit! A year+ back, I joined a boxing gym spontaneously after secretly wishing I could learn how to box. I was the only girl and scared shitless, and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I did it! I learned how and I got better each class! Nothing compares to the feeling of achieving a goal that scares you, and finding a new passion. Forget fad workouts! Find something you love (for me: boxing, hiking, walking), and pursue it. It will keep you heart AND your mind healthy.

    • Liz says:

      Ooh boxing you’re so brave! Remind me to never piss you off hahaha. And I totally agree–finding something you love to do that keeps you active is the key to making it a habit!

  5. Diana says:

    so so proud of you

  6. carly says:

    I have been meaning to try this for weeks and something always seemed to come up!! I can’t wait to give it a go!!

  7. Angel Y. says:

    Isn’t it crazy how when you find what works you don’t want to let it go? I’m so happy you’re enjoying aerial yoga and you look amazing!

    • Liz says:

      Thank you! I do enjoy it so much. My only complaint is that the studio is so far away from my house but I do believe its worth it :)

  8. Angela says:

    Can I ask where you got those leggings with the gold triangles from?

  9. Becky says:

    Wow that looks amazing, I want to try this! :)
    Becky x

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January 6, 2014 Health + Fitness