Sometimes You Have To Fall And It Will Hurt

by TaylorR

Happy Sunday!

This morning started a bit earlier than normal.  I tried a new yoga class at my favorite studio, Yoga House Of Charleston. PowerHouse Conditioning was a blast! It wasn’t yoga in the traditional sense but was a combination of intense strength training, movement, and flexibility.

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It reminded me a lot of boot camp, but since I am always on the teaching side, it was a treat to be able to “just do”.

Our small class of 6 consisted of some really great ladies, and we had an awesome time trying all sorts of unique moves that our instructor, Fernando threw at us.

Partner planks to sit-ups… why not?

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Fernando from their class last week doing partner plank-to-sirups. One person lays on the ground, the other gets in a plank on top. The bottom person does a sit-up while the top person drives  their hips forward into an “L”. Then back to start and repeat. Yup, we did this!

For me personally, I didn’t walk out feeling as if I burned 600 calories, but I did walk away feeling great for getting some extra movement in on an early morning Sunday!

Can’t wait for next weekend! Thanks Fernando.

Speaking of yoga…

I fell last week. Hard.

Falling Is A Requirement Of Life

We were practicing forearm inversions with the help of a block and a strap (to help with hand positioning). I kicked up and was blown away that I was holding it. I was squeezing and probably holding my breath in a really frowned upon way, but I was doing it.

I’ve done plenty of handstands in my past life, but this was my first successful one in yoga class.

With each passing second I fought to hold on.

Suddenly, I began to feel my toes falling forward, I tried to tighten my core to bring them back to center but I couldn’t do it. I was looking like the Leaning Tower Of Pisa.

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And then it happened.

I fell straight down. Because the block was there I couldn’t tuck my head and roll out of it to make the fall graceful.

There was no grace at all. Just a loud thumb as I back flopped onto the hard wooden floor. Well that, and the sound of my “Oh shit” as I plummetted. Apparently cusing in yoga is frownded upon?

Anyways… I got back up and tried again.

I think the instructor, Gi, was worried I was embarrassed and began to explain that to get better you have to fall. She said she couldn’t even count how many spills she has had over the years.

While I appreciated the comfort, I didn’t need it.

Surprisingly I wasn’t embarrassed at all.

I was proud.

I was proud that I went for it. Proud that I had the courage in a packed class to even attempt the move in the first place.

So what if I fell? Falling is a part of life.

You Fall Some To Win Some

And I don’t just mean with yoga.

To become sucessfull or better at anything you have to put yourself out on there. You have to be vulnerable. You have to be okay with falling and the idea that you have to wipe the dirt off and try again.

Some of the greatest influencers of our time have fallen over and over and over again but persistance allowed them to finally become successful.

Walt Disney was told he lacked imagination from one boss! Did that stop him? Nope.

PS- Congrats to all of you who ran Disney this weekend!

Falling fuels.

What’s The Alternative!

You can either try again or you can give up.

If we all gave up after falling hard, then we would all be vegetables. Right? That’s not life. That’s a nitemare.

Falling With Your Resolutions?

Why do resolutions often times drop off the radar? Because we fail a time or two and then toss in the towel. We fall. And then we give up.

So what if you ate terrible and didn’t stick to your diet. So what if you didn’t make it to the gym all 4 days like you wanted. So what if you fell this past week.

It’s all about balance!

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Don’t give up. Tomorrow is a new day, heck, today is a new day! Keep pursuing your goal and realize everyone has bad days. You don’t need to be perfect every day, you have to be perfect at accepting imperfections.

Stand Up And Try Again

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I’ve been practiceing my handstands now every other day since that fall. Why? So that I can get stronger. I can get better. Handstands are a personal goal of mine. And I want to be a rock star with them.

There have already been more falls. More plops. And more air knocked out of me. But so be it. I’ll continue to jump my feet into the air in an effort to get better, stronger.

Will you?

Note… this isn’t just about my handstands :)

Have you ever fallen/tripped/etc while working out?

 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Natalie Pyle January 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

You are so cool! I wish I was that confident, I know with consistency and practice I will become more brave and strong over time. Thank you for being inspirational, you are so right!!

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TaylorR January 12, 2014 at 11:27 am

Ahh, thanks Natalie! Keep practicing! And I promise, I’m not that cool! lol.

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Erica January 12, 2014 at 11:52 am

I have an insane fear of completely biting it in front of a class. I’ve almost done it about a dozen times….but so far no fall. I’m sure it will happen one day. Thats awesome that you keep on trucking & trying!!

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TaylorR January 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Haha. I get worried whenever I sprint with my boot campers that I’ll trip up big time! But gotta keep trucking along!

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lindsay January 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm

i have fallen MANY times. With yoga, with running, with LIFE. And in the end, it makes you more aware, stronger, and determined!

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TaylorR January 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Yup! Right on! The bad moments make the good ones so great, and blissful. They also help you to realize who’s in charge! Humbling to say the least.

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Amy Lauren January 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I haven’t really fallen much in the physical sense (not that my balance is really good, but I guess I’m just lucky). I do remember a really bad fall where my shins landed on a raised platform during a boot camp class… I just kept doing the class!

However… I know the feeling of metaphorically falling. I’ve had patches of rough races, as that’s how life and running go. I’ve also had rough times at work, I do love my job but it’s not always my favorite thing to do. I remember going through months thinking maybe I needed a different career. When you experience disappointment, you’re more thankful when you DO reach your goals.

I saw that new class advertised at yoga house. I should probably buy a pass bc i mostly just do the Sunday donation class, I do want to try Fernando’s new class though because an early Sunday morning workout before church would be fun sometimes.

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TaylorR January 12, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Exactly, the bitter moments make the sweet moments so much better!! It was fun, not too much of a “workout” but def. a great way to get some extra movement in!

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AmyC January 12, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Totally fell during SurfSet – my POV is the same as yours. So what? Get back on the board and do it again! Great post!

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TaylorR January 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Thanks! SurfSet sounds like fun!

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Kim January 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I can’t even count how many times I’ve come home from a run with blood streaming down my legs – I tend to fall a lot!!!
Love the fact that when you fell you hopped up and tried again!!

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TaylorR January 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Luckily, I’ve been good so far with running and scrapes! Knock on wood!

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Christine @ Live, Life, Surf January 12, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Oh man. I can’t even tell you the number of times that I have fallen. But yes, it means that you are trying and putting yourself out there. Love this post and you!

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TaylorR January 12, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Thanks friend! I have got to talk with you soon about Yoga training! You’re my inspiration!

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