I had the most incredible yoga class last week … so amazing in fact that I am still thinking about it 6 days later. I just have to share!
I dragged myself into class on a Thursday afternoon. My body was sore, my legs were heavy and I knew yoga was what I needed … but I really didn’t want to go. I was feeling sleepy and had a thousand things to do. I convinced myself that I could spare 90 minutes and that Icould hang out in the back of the room and take it easy in class.
That was not how it went down.
The class that I stumbled into at Pure Yoga was a Vinyasa level 2 taught by Marco Rojas. I had never taken his class before so was unaware that Marco is famous for pushing his students beyond what they think they are capable of.
As I made my way to the last available space in class … front and center … Marco began to talk. He explained that his class was very hard, that in order to improve your yoga practice you should attend his class 3-4 days/week. He continued to say that his game plan for today’s class would be to “kill us, just a little”. So much for taking it easy.
The next thing Marco said has been bouncing around in my mind for days.
He said, “Don’t be afraid to empty your cup. Give everything you have and be amazing”. Marco is a smart man.
How often do you really give 100%? How often do you know at the end of your day, or your run, or your yoga class that you just couldn’t have pushed yourself anymore? I can honestly say that I usually save a few drops in my cup. There are times when I empty my cup, but its certainly not every day. Why? What am I saving those drops for?
This guy, you may have heard of him. Lance Armstrong.
Lance, you speak to me. My 100% is not the same every day or for everything, and all of us have a different definition of 100%.
I watch my kids explore every inch of the world, they try everything at full effort, they learn as much as we can teach them … they squeeze 100% out of every single day and they LOVE every second of it.
I’m going to work on not saving those last few drops. I’m going to challenge myself to give a true 100%, whatever that means for the day … because when I do amazing things can happen.
How did that yoga class go? Life changing. Marco did “kill me just a little”. He killed that part of me that was scared to give my 100%.
How about you? When was the last time you emptied your cup, giving 100% ?