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15 Little Struggles Only Yoga People Understand

15 Little Struggles Only Yoga People Understand

Yoga is an excellent form of exercise for both mind and body, and it has quickly made its way into popular culture. Serious yoga practice requires some lifestyle changes and the road to mastery is a difficult one. Even though it is a fulfilling experience that will lead to improved health and cognitive abilities, there are plenty of little struggles that yoga practitioners have to face on their journey.

1. They freeze in terror for a moment if they hear a cracking sound when twisting into Matsyendrasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana is difficult enough for most people, but once you master it you get a little overconfident and start pushing it. There’s a terrifying moment of silence when you are twisting your spine and hear a loud crack, only to discover that it didn’t come from you and breathing a sigh of relief. It makes you take things a bit more slowly next time.

2. They try not to get distracted by the hottie in the front row

Girl looking at a guy

    Most people that go to yoga classes are fairly mature adults and we are all there to improve our physical and mental wellbeing. Yet, sometimes you fall victim to your primal urges and just can’t stop checking out that cute guy or girl as they bend and stretch in front of you.

    3. They hope that their arms don’t give out during the handstand pose

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    Handstand fail

      Nothing feels quite as satisfying as getting a hang of a difficult pose for the first time. However, when doing a handstand in the middle of the room the first few times, you quickly end up begging your arms to hold on tight and not let your face slam into the floor.

      4. They get frustrated when they just can’t settle down during meditation

      When you’re a beginner it is difficult to sit down, calm your mind and focus during meditation, but even when you become somewhat advanced your mind can still turn against you. We all have bad days, and sometimes that inner voice and the sensation of discomfort can get the best of you. It’s then that you start feeling like a restless little child again.

      5. They sometimes rip their yoga pants while bending over in Uttanasana

      Ripped pants

        While you try to be prepared and shop for good yoga clothes, sometimes you get stuck with an old pair of pants or shorts that isn’t all that stretchy or has seen a lot of wear and tear – you bend over to touch your toes and they just rip. It happens and you can only laugh it off and start bringing an extra pair from then on.

        6. They get embarrassed when they release a hearty belch after Uddiyana Bandha

        Uddiyana Bandha is the only asana that really stretches out the diaphragm. This is normally a good thing, but sometimes all that stretching out can cause you to let out a long and loud burp that shakes the walls. It is a natural thing, but it doesn’t make it any less embarrassing.

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        7. They get weird looks from people when they do yoga in the park

        Dissaproving look

          Doing yoga out in nature really feels great as you get some sun on your skin and fresh air, but even early in the morning there are people running through the park or walking their dog, and the look on their face when they see you bending like a pretzel is truly priceless. It can be distracting at times, but you have to learn to live with it.

          8. They try not to sweat all over their partner on a particularly hot day

          It’s good to have someone to practice with and partner work can be great fun as well as beneficial, but you’ll often find yourself worrying about dripping sweat all over your partner and you end up making a few awkward pauses in the middle of the session, so you can grab your towel real quick.

          9. They doze off while doing Upavistha Konasana and their legs cramp up

          Opening the hips

            Most people will fall asleep during Savasana, but sometimes you’re just so tired that you can end up dozing off in the strangest of positions. After a short nap in Upavistha Konasana, your legs get cramped up and it feels like you will be stuck in that pose forever.

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            10. They feel like a clumsy kid when they slip on a wet yoga mat

            Even though a lot of people associate yoga with relaxation, it can actually make you work up quite a sweat. Your feet get sweaty, the mat gets wet and before you know it you’ve slipped and fallen flat on the ground. Going to a few Judo classes to learn some breakfalls might be a good idea at this point.

            11. They almost fall down when they stand up too quickly after a headstand

            You get started, lift your legs up and manage to get your balance in check, standing upside down for several minutes before graciously lowering your legs back down. Then instead of waiting a while for your blood flow to adjust, you shoot up and get dizzy and wobbly. At least you’ll definitely remember to wait a while next time.

            12. They get startled by random noises when they meditate

            STartled cat

              Meditation can bring you into a state of calmness and allow you to disengage from the mundane world for a while. However, being incredibly calm and focused means that a sudden loud noise will have you jumping off the floor like a startled cat.

              13. They pray to the heavens that they don’t fart as they bend and twist

              Things are rarely ideal in life and a lot of the times it’s all about making the best out of a bad situation. This is particularly true in those moments when you feel your stomach rumbling as you bend and twist your body. You can’t just stop dead in your tracks and leave the class, but you don’t want fart in front of everyone either.

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              14. They stand next to a person who has put a ton of deodorant on, but is not fooling anyone

              You will get sweaty in class and some people just have stronger body odor than others, but the worst offenders are the ones who try to mask it by spraying a ton of deodorant on, thus creating an unholy and potent mixture that fills up the entire room – and you’re left standing right at the source.

              15. They try to do pranayama with a stuffy nose

              stuffy nose

                Even if you take excellent care of your health you’ll sometimes have a stuffy nose that makes it hard to breathe. Trying to do breathing exercises in this condition will end in disaster, but you go ahead and try it anyway. It’s loud and it sounds weird, but hey, you’re there to practice and nothing will stand in your way.

                I’m sure that there are many more little gems like these that other yoga people will think off, and they are just a necessary part of improving, small distractions that we can look back on and laugh.

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                Ivan Dimitrijevic

                Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                • (1) Research
                • (2) Deciding the topic
                • (3) Creating the outline
                • (4) Drafting the content
                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                • (6) Revision
                • (7) etc.

                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                2. Change Your Environment

                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                6. Get a Buddy

                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                Reality check:

                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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