There I was, a yoga teacher for godsakes, and I hadn’t been to a class in months.
I was still teaching yoga as I'd done for the past 10+ years – to kids in schools, to adults in various studios – but I had not been practicing what I was teaching.
Of course I had a good reason Many, in fact. It's just that....
At 31, I was a single mom with a two-year old daughter.
My busy life, while exhilarating, also felt overwhelming. Motherhood (which was the fun part for me) managing my own marketing consulting company, paying a mortgage – it meant juggling clients, family, business, finances, pre-school and more.
Yoga went out the window.
Even though I “knew” better – I had been practicing yoga since I was 14 and I knew intellectually that yoga could help me to regain my balance- I found myself thinking of it as one more thing to juggle.
So I dropped it “for now,” and I put myself in the worst position: last place.
Fast forward 14 years and I wandered into a hot yoga studio. Life was different but still busy – two children, a second marriage, a bigger mortgage, a business with a partner. But the heat of hot yoga made me realize I could no longer put myself on the back burner. I wanted to regain my balance and I knew hot yoga could offer that – so I practiced, practiced, practiced three times weekly, and then a year I added hot yoga to my teaching skills. Yes, life was even busier and I had many MORE reasons why I had no time, but something inside told me that this was my comeback moment.
Just like Michael Phelps.
Phelps just capped off his swimming career again with a gold medal in the 4x100 medley relay - his 23rd gold medal and his 28th overall.
As if this wasn’t amazing enough, he did it on a comeback, after taking a long hiatus from the sport altogether.
Sound familiar? Phelps is not the first person to have been refueled after a comeback.
Serena Williams battled injuries in her mid-twenties and came back to become the worlds greatest tennis player ever still going strong at 34. Michael Jordan gave up basketball only to come back and win three more NBA titles. Dana Vollmer, Phelps’ Olympic teammate this year, retired from the Olympics team after she had a baby in 2012, and returned this year to swim the fastest butterfly leg in the 4x100 medley, win an individual bronze in the 100 meter butterfly and a silver in the 4x100 freestyle relay.
So you can stop being embarrassed about taking time off from your hot yoga practice now.
Because after a break you can come back more determined, more juiced and more focused on what you really want. So stop worrying. Stop lamenting, stop beating yourself up.
This is your moment. And just look at the company you’re in: Olympic winners who proved that taking a break doesn’t have to take you out permanently.
September is around the corner and you’ll be back in the drivers seat again – and I don’t mean carpool, I mean of your own life. A good autumn breeze can refresh your goals and dreams.
And I can help.
I can give you a personal Yoga Assessment session by phone or in person (I call these Help Me, Rhonda! consultations) and create an easy plan for you to take your first step, all the way back to what makes you feel your best: hot yoga, Yoga Deep, Migun Massage, Yoga Posture Clinics and The Yoga of Happiness.
So call me to get your 15 minutes that will get you back into your good-feeling life – it’s NEVER too late!
It worked for Michael Phelps and really, you’re no different. You have goals. You have dreams.
And like him, you are probably just one stroke away from having it all.