Patience is a Virtue

By: Jamie Bell (YOGAthletix Director)

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They say patience is a virtue, and I can understand why. In our fast paced world where so many of us have a long list of things to accomplish each day, it can be hard to find the energy, time and space to be patient. 

Well this month, YOGAthletix is focusing on those building blocks (energy, time and space) so that we can be better at being patient and have a more peaceful and happier life. Here’s how:

 1.   Energy to be patient – I know I lose my patience a lot if I’m tired or sick. It takes energy to consciously slow down enough to be patient with the world around us. The best way to build and maintain your energy is to stay healthy. Try setting a good-night alarm so you go to bed at the same time each day, and aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Avoid junk food and sugary carbs because they give you a quick boost but then zap your energy, leaving you low. And come to the studio! Exercise, a.k.a. taking fitness classes, increases energy and helps you sleep better too. And, our yoga classes will restore your energy if you are feeling depleted! Remember, the more energy you have, the more you’ll be able to respond to life’s frustrations in a calm and patient way.

2.   Time to be patient – In this technological world, our lives are filled with instant everything and it’s really hard to let time… take time! I hear this a lot from clients who either can’t find the time to work out or who don’t see results quick enough. I get it, it’s really frustrating to have goals that we can’t accomplish due to lack of time. Having patience means letting time take its time. And one way to let that happen is to measure time in small increments. Start working out for 10 minutes a day, start looking for small increases in your energy, start adding 10 seconds of time to look out a window and enjoy what you see. Start with small amounts of time, and you will eventually see your time add up to more time for YOU. As time increases you will soon realize you’ve already accomplished your goal for 10 minutes or 10 seconds and you can easily do 10 more - building patience a little at a time!

3.   Space to be patient – Sometimes it is a real challenge to wait or delay gratification. This is often a very intellectual struggle, rather than a physical one. A great way to work on building space is to practice meditation. Join us for a yoga class (we have several styles ranging from very active in YOGAthletix to restorative in GETnZEN) to work on breathing techniques which can all be done at home too! Increasing the length of your meditation builds your ability to avoid rushing, racing thoughts and allows you to stay grounded and calm – giving you the space to be patient.

Napoleon Hill said “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success”. We want you to be successful in having a happy, healthy life and in all of your endeavours. Join us at the studio this month to sweat, smile and practice patience with us.

See you in class soon!