[Yoga Series #5] Discipline. Are you worth it?

Some days I find it hard to come to the mat. I will divert and do all manner of jobs and tasks to avoid it. To get onto the mat every day takes discipline.

But isn’t it the same with anything in life? To meet the challenge and to move forward we have to be disciplined. Whether you want to build a business, learn a new skill, get better at something, lose weight, meet a target or achieve a goal: discipline is involved. We can’t just coast our way through life and expect things to drop into our laps.

ID-100423155Bearing in mind I am still a fairly new yogi: yoga is teaching me about practice. The more I practice the more I am understanding my body. The more I understand the more I want to learn, and the more I want to discover. Parallels to my reflexology journey. You can’t be a good reflexologist unless you practice, no matter how much reading and theory you learn.

The more challenging poses are becoming less of a dread and more of a journey of revelation. The poses I can’t get into fully are less of a brick wall and more of an acceptance of where I am at this moment. I modify to suit me at this time and that is perfectly OK (wow did I just say that?)

But all of this comes from discipline. Being disciplined to practice every day is hard. But look at the rewards. I feel great during and afterwards. Better than if I don’t practice. And if I don’t practice there is always the guilt, the feeling of letting myself down, the weakness to come and consume me. Because I know that I am worth more.

Once the discipline sets in, whatever you are doing becomes less of a “chore” and more of a good habit. Something you just do because that’s what you do and who you are. Good habits are difficult to form. That’s where discipline comes in. But I know that I am worth it and that’s what keeps me motivated.

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Jackie Marsden MAR is a qualified reflexologist, promoter of healthy living and independent consultant (Team Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.

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Snowdon Climb for HOOP UK

This weekend my husband and I took part in the Snowdon Climb which was organised to raise awareness for the charity Helping Overcome Obesity Problems (HOOP) UK.

26 participants took part, all of different ages and abilities. It was a fantastic group of people from all over the country, and I made some wonderful new friends. Some people took part simply to raise sponsorship and raise awareness for the charity, others entered the challenge as part of their own goals to overcome weight and fitness issues.

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We made it to the summit, which in hindsight was the easiest bit – coming down was harder! My body is now as stiff as a board in my lower back and quads, and this is 2 days post-climb!

ImageSnowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, the second highest in the Nations 3 peaks challenge, with an elevation of 1,085 metres. Snowdon is one of the UK’s most accessible mountains and many peoples first mountain (including my own!)

HOOP UK brings an holistic approach to health and wellbeing through diet, nutrition, lifestyle, supply of relevant information and advice on physical fitness. It offers a safe place for those seeking help to feel included and supported in a non-judgmental approach to overcoming obesity and weight problems. If you’d like to find out more see www.hoopuk.org.uk.

Jackie Marsden MAR is a qualified reflexologist and independent consultant (Team Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.

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