Being Able to Inhale & Exhale

Hi Reader ☺️

This was not a planned blog post. I just felt the need to write and share my thoughts for today. So if you’re reading this, thank you so much for your continued support and for taking the time to read this as I had just posted last night.

I didn’t set an alarm last night for this morning; I had plans to go to Yoga Class at 8AM at 24 Hour Fitness. I woke up this morning at 7:18AM and I was in bed debating whether I should even go because there was a chance I wouldn’t make it. But I said “Fuck it. I’m getting up, I said I would go, so I’m going to get up and get ready.” I was rushing, putting on my gym clothes, putting my backpack together and I had maybe 25 minutes to get to class. I got there at about 7:55, just in time as I saw other people rolling up with their yoga mats. 

I walked into class and found my space. Mind you, this was my very first yoga class. I’ve done yoga at home but I don’t think it’s the same thing as being in class with other people. My intention for going the yoga is to build my strength up. I want to be stronger and I want to feel good. 

The class was an hour long and I really enjoyed it. I love the technique of learning how to breathe properly when working out. Hearing repetitively “inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale” helped a lot: it eased my mind and I had better breathing control. 

The last 10 minutes of the class, I felt a warm embrace on myself. Now, I’m not trying to sound kooky or anything but the feeling was being at peace and taking care of my mind, body, and soul. The instructor was awesome. She asked us to close our eyes as we meditate and see what words were coming up in our minds. I saw the words: “love,” “happiness,” “destress,” “joy,” “family,” “marriage,” “children”… 

And then she said, “Now stop on that word. Inhale and exhale as you see that word you stopped on, come at you repetitively.” And of course, I saw “children” over and over again. I was overwhelmed with happy emotions. The pure reason why I am trying to be a better me, to live a healthier life, to take care of my body; everything comes down to how I want to bare children in the future. To hope that my children will be born healthy and live a long lives. It’s important to me. Nonetheless, it was very peaceful class.

Following after, I stayed in the next class to work on my core and it felt great. I got out of class and man, I was so hungry. I got home, made breakfast and I was ready to start my day.

Two things I want to emphasize from this post:

(1) Everyone has a different reason for working out. If you are actively working out, whatever your reason is for doing so, whether that may be wanting to be fit, lose weight, look better, want to do competition, etc. I just want to applaud you. You are awesome! I want you to feel good about yourself and accomplish your fitness goals. We all have the same amount time in the day and for you to choose to be active in your daily routine is amazing. 

(2) If you have never thought to wake up just a little bit earlier to work out, I definitely want to challenge and encourage you to do it. It gives you more energy to continue on with your day and you actually feel as though you have more time in the day to do other things. On weekdays, I try to wake up at 4AM to get a workout in before heading into work and of course, people know that Tony (Le Boyfriend❤️) gets up at 3:30-4AM to get to the gym. On weekends, both Tony and myself wake up around 6:30-7 to get ready and get ourselves to the gym. And we both feel like we have so much more time in the day to do other things. 

I hope that you enjoyed reading some of my thoughts and that you’re enjoying your weekend so far. If you ever have any thoughts or feelings from reading my posts, please respond. I love hearing feedback from people. 

Until the next post,

With love and support,

#beingjtran ❤️🌻

Relatable + Empathetic (2019)

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