I’ve Gone Full Yoga

For about two solid months now, I’ve been drifting towards yoga as my only form of exercise. It might be hard to fathom. After all, I’m freaking JohnnyFit! For years I’ve been a jack of all trades. Hundreds of thousands of people have visited this blog to find out about kettlebells, TRX, bootcamps, and all things health and fitness.  Now I’m saying that I’ve gone full yoga!

Full Yoga

Image (sans caption) from the movie Tropic Thunder. I hope they don’t mind me using it. Great movie, check it out!

Don’t worry, I’m not changing up this blog. I’ll still be bringing you great YouTube exercise videos that get straight to the point without a lot of nonsense trainer talk. However, for my fitness program, I’ll be doing mostly yoga.

I’ve gone full yoga!” ~ JohnnyFit – Tweet this!

Going Full Yoga

For more than seven years now, I’ve had a consistent yoga practice, but it was limited to once or twice a week. For the past couple of years it has gnawed at me that I have never given my full attention to my practice. I often wonder where I can take it, or rather where it can take me if I were to give it my full attention.

As I found myself trying to find the motivation to get in my weight training workouts, I couldn’t help but feel that I wanted to practice yoga instead. If there is one thing that you get out of a consistent yoga practice, it is a clearer connection to the desires of your heart. Going forward, as a personal experiment, I’m going to dedicate the next year of my life to doing my yoga practice as my main exercise. I’ll probably still do a kettlebell or an arms workout each week though.

If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.” ~ Joseph Campbell

I think that beginning my 500 hour yoga teacher training with Noah Mazé was the tipping point. I’m absolutely loving the training, and the process.  The other thing though, is that the more I involve my life with yoga, the better it seems to get.

Some of the people whom I now consider my closest friends came into my life through yoga. Back when I still worked in the corporate world, I would tell people I was going to become a personal trainer and a yoga instructor, and they would almost always blow right by the fact I mentioned personal trainer and immediately say “Oh, you’re going to be a yoga teacher? That’s awesome!”

I attribute my yoga practice to helping me understand my best path forward. Yoga guided me to have the courage to quit my insurance job. Yoga provided the confidence that I needed to open my studio. Yoga has allowed me to find myself as I approach my middle age, and always bring my best self to the table with a calm and focused mind.

Granted, I’m still human and have lots of imperfections, but I feel like I have come a long way from the places that I have been inside myself in previous incarnations of this me.

I still feel like there is a big “What’s next?”, and I’m confident that throwing myself fully into my yoga practice over this next year will lead me to what I need to do next.

What do you do when you need to find your way? Have you ever felt your life pull you so strongly in a direction that you couldn’t resist going there? I’d love to discuss your feedback or comments below!

  • Stephanie Davis

    I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a 45 minute Yoga class 3 times a week @ work! I love it and the focus it brings to my life. I have been encouraging my husband and daughters (ages 2&5) to a also join me in Yoga @ home! Its great for the whole family & I get my fix at the same time! Go Johnny!

    • http://www.johnnyfit.com/ JohnnyFit

      It’s true that everyone can benefit from yoga! I wish that I would have found it much sooner in my life. We do have now though, and NOW it’s time for yoga :)

      It’s great that you’re able to fit it into the middle of your work day. Let me know if there’s any way I can help motivate Chad to do yoga with you!

  • http://www.farrahyaspeyoga.com Farrah Yaspe

    So great to read this Johnny! I totally relate to how you feel about the yoga practice. Yoga too helped me to find the courage I needed to change my life, leave the corporate world and dedicate my life to helping others doing something I love; and has also brought many of my very good friends. I am happy our paths have crossed and to get to enjoy the Teacher Training magical journey with you! ; )

    • http://www.johnnyfit.com/ JohnnyFit

      There is a special connection with those you go through a teacher training with. It is a life changing event. I’m glad that I know you Farrah. You are beautiful inside and out, and inspiring! I always enjoy seeing your yoga poses on Facebook!

      • http://www.farrahyaspeyoga.com Farrah Yaspe

        Sweet Johnny!! You are inspiring too! :))))

  • Mel

    Thank you for you story. I find myself walking down a similar path maybe … Corporate job, in teacher training feeling the pull or maybe it’s finally acknowledging what’s always been there and the yoga helps clear / quiet the clutter. I keep wondering “do I jump and take the leap of faith” it’s like “can I invert in the middle of the room, am I ready?” :)

    • http://www.johnnyfit.com/ JohnnyFit

      Good luck with whatever you decide Mel! I waited until I started earning enough on the side to at least pay my rent: http://www.johnnyfit.com/motivation/find-meaning-purpose-freedom.html/

      Paying attention to that inner voice can have profound implications!

      • Mel

        Thank you so much for the link, it was inspiring and thought provoking! I think the butterflies in my stomach are a good sign :)

  • Kayleigh Herbertson

    Just started Crossfit but the box I attend also does Yoga. I’ve read so much about how impressive Yoga is excellent for increasing tone and flexibility. I’ll aim to do both Crossfit and Yoga having read this, I might be surprised!

    • http://www.johnnyfit.com/ JohnnyFit

      Yes Kayleigh, absolutely include yoga in your weekly routine! It certainly can increase tone and flexibility. Those things, as well as the other benefits of yoga come with a consistent practice. Stick with it! Namaste! :)