Are you a perfectionist like me?

I remember as a child, if I couldn’t do something the way I thought it should be done, I wouldn’t do it. I wanted it to be done perfectly or not done at all. I remember being afraid to try new things, because I wasn’t already proficient in it. Sounds crazy, I know.  I now see this trait in one of my daughters and think, “Oh my, what have I passed on to her?” But I hope I can inspire them to try something new if they so choose, even if it’s a bit scary.

I bring this up because lately I’m hearing a lot of interest in yoga from people who haven’t yet tried it. I love that! However, I’m also hearing a lot of nervousness and uncertainty about starting yoga… from not being flexible enough to not having the time to wondering if it’s a workout or “just meditation”.

Sure, I don’t think yoga is for everyone, for whatever reason. Some people just don’t like it. And that’s totally cool. Absolutely. But for those of you interested, stay interested.

Being flexible in the beginning has nothing to do with it. You will gain flexibility through your practice. Be patient.

If you’re having trouble finding the time, don’t worry yourself with a full 60 or 90 minute class. Start with 10-20 minutes a day or every other day or just today. Your dedication will grow.

If you’re worried about not getting a “good workout” or that yoga isn’t hard enough, I can tell you that I have sweat more in yoga than in any other “workout” I’ve tried. And I’ve tried quite a few. There have been times when I thought I couldn’t give one more breath, that I wouldn’t make it one more minute in class. It’s not all soft lights and soothing music.

So don’t be afraid to give it a try, if you want. Have fun with it. Hopefully you will find a little inspiration along the way.

And let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear about it.


… the perfectionist in me wants to edit and re-edit this before posting, but not this time. Up it goes! …Now it’s your turn.

2 thoughts on “Are you a perfectionist like me?”

  1. I have seen this problem in my husband, but I fortunately try new things with no thought whatsoever with how it is going to work out! Then I get myself signed up for a lot of intimidating things and freak myself out at the prospect. And THEN I obsess and nitpick about how I am going to actually accomplish the things I said I’d try or do and not embarrass myself. Messy!! Yoga has actually been great for the belated perfectionist in me- there is no consequence, no judgement, no timeline, no pace…just trying. And just accepting. Every time. LOVE.

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