I am the first to admit that when I go to a yoga class, I am there for the yoga itself and I completely tune out the spiritual side of yoga. Recently, I was in my favorite Core Power hot yoga class and the instructor was talking about “finding your edge”. This time, I was intrigued.
As she began to describe what Baron Baptiste refers to as your “edge”, something clicked in me. Each of us has our own “edge”. Our edge is a place where we feel “comfortably uncomfortable”. Hmmm that was interesting. I started to think about what that meant to me. I have always found it difficult to step out of my comfort zone but the last few years, I’ve noticed I am a little more willing to try to do so.
How I am working on finding my edge
That day, after hearing her describe this elusive edge, I tried a variation on a crow. A funny thing happened, I could do it! Part of my reluctance to try some balancing poses is that I think I am going to fall and hurt myself. Right now I am happy to stay right there and practice that baby crow some more. I felt like I took a giant step forward towards finding my yoga edge that day.
I know I don’t push my pace enough while running. Something in me just holds back ever so slightly. I am not exactly sure what I am afraid of? Maybe I am afraid of not finishing a race. Maybe for me, finding my edge in running is trying new things like relay races or triathlons. Perhaps I have not found my comfortably uncomfortable place in running yet.
Lately, I’ve found myself stepping out of my comfort zone a little more. If someone had told me a few years ago that I was going to start an MRTT chapter or a fitness blog, I would have just laughed. Those are 2 things that were so far out of my comfort zone but turned out to be wonderful steps for me. I just agreed on a whim to take over all of the Girls on The Run programs for the entire elementary school that I have been coaching at. I know it’s going to be a lot of work and I’ve never done anything like that before. I am excited about the new challenges that are coming my way.