You know that feeling after yoga?
I always notice it the moment I sit up after savasana and more so driving home. Complete euphoria. Joy and serenity at its purest moment. It’s hard to explain how it happens really, or why. I just know it’s there.
Surprisingly to me, I started noticing the same exact feeling after lifting. I’d get in my car, head home and that euphoria would set in.
The gym for me used to be dreadful before I met the barbell. Now it’s a sanctuary as much as my favorite yoga studio is. The barbell is equal to my yoga mat. Both provide me strength, confidence, muscle, peace. Both knock me down when I am feeling a little too ego driven and both build me up when I’m feeling dreadfully unsubstantial.
You see there is nothing like the feeling of being able to deadlift 200+ pounds. Feeling strong is the biggest confidence builder I have ever come across. There is also nothing like the feeling of your first crow pose lift off or conquering that pose you’ve been working on for so long. Finding that perfect balance just before your edge. I believe the thrill comes from constantly challenging yourself. Pushing and testing your limits.
There will always be people who can lift more than you, or who can hold handstand and do all of these crazy poses better than you. But what makes yoga so amazing and what makes lifting equally as amazing is that you can come to your mat or barbell every time and know that the only thing you have to worry about is improving yourself.