I will hug you

Guys, we did it! We covered all the Yamas and Niyamas. I hope you all learned something about your selves and have noticed changes in the way you think and act.

Just a quick refresher here…

1. Yamas (way we act towards others/the world)

Nonviolence

Truthfulneness

Nonstealing

Nonexcess

Nonposessiveness

2. Niyamas (ways we act within ourselves)

Purity

Contentment

Self-Discipline

Self-study

Surrender

Now I realize most of you aren’t going to remember these. Heck, I’m just grateful if you’re reading this blog post. And if you’re not going to remember them, you’re probably not going to attempt the path to pure enlightenment like the traditional Eastern Yogis. And that’s totally cool. But here’s something you can take away:

Mental illness is highly prevalent in our society. Mental illness is the root cause of violent attacks, the opioid epidemic, failed relationships, and countless other issues. Having a strong mind and a positive attitude can combat mental illness. Practicing the niyamas and yamas builds a strong mind. If you find yourself struggling with anxiety, depression, or whatever else it might be, reflect on these principles and put them into action in your own life.

Likewise, even if you’re not struggling with mental health but you’re looking to take your athletic adventures to the next level, a strong mind will go a long way. The Games Athletes are not weak-minded individuals. Sports Psychology is a part of their training. In the recent Netflix release “A Decade of Fitness,” Katrin Davidsdottir talks about the concept of competing against herself. She must perform the best she can, regardless of anyone else. It’s something she and her coach, Ben Bergeron, discuss regularly.

In CrossFit, it’s hard not to compare. We write our scores side-by-side on the board and enter them on an app that ranks us. We see other’s more impressive lifts and think “I wish I could do that.” These are normal feelings. But use them to your advantage. Let those thoughts motivate you, not detroy you. If you find yourself feeling down, stop and think of 3 things you’re thankful for.

We have a great community at CrossFit Infiltrate. I’ve been here for 2.5 years and have gotten to know a lot of different people. I met my future husband and 2 girls who will be bridesmaids in that wedding. I love walking into the gym and knowing I’ll see a friendly face. I love knowing I can text anyone on a Friday night and say “What are you guys doing tonight?”

There’s something powerful about suffering next to someone else during a workout. My point is that there are plenty of great people here to support you. I know I speak for any of the Coaches when I say if you find yourself needing someone to talk to….someone to give you support….someone to hug you…..we’re here for you….Doesn’t have to be related to CrossFit.

*Disclaimer: Hugging Jared doesn’t mean he’s cleaned his beard in a while, proceed at your own risk*

It’s been a pleasure writing these posts.

Be gracious. Be kind. Don’t cheat. Do the work. Be the best version of yourself and love that and you’ll never have a problem.

*Mic drop*

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