"In yoga, when you're in a challenging pose, you've got to surrender to it. If you get yourself worked up, it doesn't help. So you breathe and redirect your energy.
The intention behind yoga is that we're trying to connect with our highest self, the part of ourselves that isn't our ego.
This is what the yoga teaches you: You're strapped into this airplane seat, you're not going anywhere for 20 hours, and this is your reality. There's nothing you can do but find some calm and just deal with it. I'm really lucky to know to take a deep breath and remind myself that we're all doing the best we can."
- Kay Kay
Via Yoga Bodies: Real People, Real Stories, & the Power of Transformation
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“I love the feeling you get after you run. It feels so good to be pushing your body to do something positive. I have never exerted myself like this since high school and it feels good to challenge your body.”
"I love the game! I love the cardio, too - after a game, I'm exhausted. I feel like the past hour and a half has been worth the activity, and I know I've had a good workout. I love the challenge of the game because anything can happen: You can meet a more difficult opponent, set up a beautiful pass, get an amazing goal, save tough shots, have the stress and excitement of shoot-outs and, most of all, have fun with a bunch of friends."
“Quitting smoking cleaned out my lungs and made running easier. Now, I love running and the way it makes me feel.”
“First it was learning how to be in a wheelchair, then how to walk with a walker, then ski poles, then a cane. Every one of those obstacles is like a climbing problem. You have to learn how to do the moves, where to put the gear, and methodically think about it. If it’s a challenging route, it takes time. You don’t just get it on your first try. When you do get it, you ask ‘what’s next?’
"Here’s why I [walk]:
“My biggest concern with quitting smoking was that it would make me frantic and emotionally out of control. Run to Quit helped me stay focused and the running helped me overcome my cravings and emotions."
“If I have a bad day at school it always makes me feel better. Also, we’ve got a really nice group of girls and boys and the coaches are really supportive, too, so I always feel better after being with them. I get a real sense of achievement when I learn new moves or if I’m coaching and I help a younger person learn something. It’s helped a lot with my confidence – I used to be nervous because I thought everyone knew what they were doing and what was happening but now I’m much more confident and happy in myself."
"I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."
- Jesse O.
American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist in the 1936 games