Humility VS Laziness in Exercise (Off the Mat)

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Humility VS Laziness in Exercise (Off the Mat)

It’s easy to push yourself to the end and finish your reps no matter what. I had done that for many years when I was younger. During my workout, I would start to get tired and notice I was no longer doing each rep with proper form. But, either due to my own personal desire not to let the workout “beat” me, or to give up in front of the other people training with me, I would keep on going.

I would usually be painfully sore for the next few days – and not the good kind of sore, but the bad kind that means you don’t do other workouts because your shoulders are in too much pain, or your lower-back hurts too much to bend over. Completing your workout in those types of situations is good for your mental fortitude, but it sucks for your body.

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Awareness Is Everything (Off The Mat)

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Awareness Is Everything (Off The Mat)

I’m really excited to be writing another edition of Off the Mat, especially because it’s been so long since I wrote the last one. Last week I had the rare opportunity to take a week long vacation, one in which I taught [almost] zero yoga classes. (I ended up teaching two.) During that time off, I was almost completely disconnected from my phone, did a maximum of 1 hour of work per day, and spent a lot of time walking, sitting, and doing nothing. I did, however happen to finish one book: F*ck Your Feelings, written by my friend, Ryan Munsey. And one of the topics he covered is the one I want to talk about today.

Awareness.

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This important, unspoken aspect of wellness – Off The Mat

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This important, unspoken aspect of wellness

It’s been a few weeks since the last Off The Mat email, and I’m excited to be back this week to talk about something VERY important to me – something I think should be equally important to YOU, too – personal time. Personal time is your YOU time. It’s when you hang out with yourself and allow your thoughts to process, without anybody but YOU to tell yourself what’s right, what’s wrong, or to persuade you to think in any one direction.

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The #1 thing I’ve learned from a broken rib?

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The #1 thing I've learned from a broken rib?

In case you’re wondering, I did break my rib recently and I have been learning much about myself as a result. Fortunately, I have read and talked about turning setbacks into opportunities enough by now that it only took me a few days for me to look at this injury as an opportunity – which I think is pretty awesome. But I want to make it valuable for you, too – so here’s the most important thing I learned, and how I think this knowledge can benefit you.

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My Personal 4 Strategies for Practicing Gratitude – Off The Mat

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My Personal 4 Strategies for Practicing Gratitude

Everyone from Oprah to Ben Greenfield talks about the importance of gratitude, so with so many successful people talking about its importance to their own success it must be pretty important, right? But… if you’re anything like me, being open about gratitude and saying, “You know what? I’m really grateful for ____ and ____,” might just feel downright uncomfortable. Let’s be honest – it’s tough to be emotionally open as a guy in our society. Well screw it – if people think that’s weird, that’s just too bad. Practicing gratitude works, in the sense that it helps you be happier, more fulfilled, and succeed in your goals.

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WTF does empowerment even mean? – Off The Mat

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WTF does empowerment even mean?

I’m sure you’ve seen this buzzword almost everywhere. Self-development groups. Sales pages. Speeches. Life coach advertisements. But if you’re like me, empowerment doesn’t really mean something specific – it’s more of a vague reference to something to do with self-development. Broken down, it would mean “to give yourself power”, but in what context? Until recently, I was still unclear about the meaning of “empowerment”, or even what it was. Tools? Information? A concept? It wasn’t until last week that the concept of empowerment finally clicked

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