Finding your balance: Knowing when you lost it.

I have a new obsession: Hot Yoga.

Well, it's not actually new. A few years ago, I practiced M/W/F at this awesome studio in Nashville. I couldn't get enough of it! But, I got out of my rhythm and then found it nearly impossible to get back in my groove. Honestly, I have been a little more focused on finding a spot to enjoy rosé on a patio or just catching a beautiful sunset. But, I have found my love for it again. In fact, I’ve even signed up for an 80-day yoga challenge—yes, you read that correctly. 80 days of hot yoga. Challenge is right!

I try not to take myself too seriously when I'm in a session. I laugh at myself when I fall out of a standing split. Today, while I was grabbing for the wall in a balance pose, I managed to turn the lights off in the entire studio. I'm not the best at yoga, and you certainly won't find me on the front row, but I really do enjoy the classes. 

During one of my sessions, I thought about the quote that I wanted to highlight this month: 

The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.

(That’s definitely not me in the photo. I consider it a success when I can hold   plank   for more than 30 seconds.)

(That’s definitely not me in the photo. I consider it a success when I can hold plank for more than 30 seconds.)

In today’s practice, I fell out of “Warrior 3” four times. And, I could feel it coming. My leg was wobbling, my ankle was unsteady, even my toes were wiggling as I tried to maintain the pose. I just could not hold it. I lost my balance and had to come out of the position.

But I didn’t fall out on the floor and cause a huge commotion. I didn’t feel defeated. I didn’t walk out of class. I accepted the fact that I didn’t have my balance. I just pulled my extended foot back down. I breathed. And, tried it again. And again. And again.

Isn’t this a feeling we get in life too?

We know when we’ve lost our balance. I find myself recognizing that rut, that uneasiness, that weird gut feeling — and thinking “Oh no, Julie — you are offfffff today!”

We are going to lose our balance – in life, in our job, with our friends, maybe even with our family. But, the good news is as soon as we can identify that unbalance, we can put into action our regrouping and rebalancing process.

The next time we feel like we are losing your balance, we need to figure out why we are off.  What’s the stressor? What’s the issue? Are we just exhausted? Are we holding on to something that we need to let go of? Are we surrounding yourself with people that we love? What can get us back to being ourselves?

Here's my big takeaway -- the next time we find ourselves losing our balance, we are going to stop. Let's put that one foot back down, and find balance again. And then, try again.



Side note: This is cross-posted on our Florida Public Relations Association - Northwest Florida Chapter blog, as part of a series on "Finding Your Balance."