Why You Should Embrace Your Earthy Crunchy Side

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Embrace Your Inner Granola

Raise your hand if you’re a type-A … C’mon, I know you are.  You embrace your grindstone and secretly scoff at those people who are “balanced,” whatever that is.  You’re at a dinner party and your friend’s wife is beaming as she talks about her fabulous yoga class and how relaxed and calm she feels.  You mentally roll your eyes but you admit that she does look fantastic.  There’s a way you can embrace your earthy crunchy side without feeling like you’ve sold out.  Here’s how.

The First Step is to Admit You Have a Problem

You know that your lifestyle is no way to live.  You’re tired, cranky, can’t remember when you last had a vacation that didn’t involve checking email, and sex is a bit blase and sporadic these days.  There are lots of ways to unwind.  Try to remember what you did before all those responsibilities piled up and go back to something easy and fun.

Walk on the Crunchy Side!

Yoga, tai-chi, cranial-sacral massage, space clearing, zen meditation (really any meditation), Tibetan chanting;  it might seem kinda crazy to you but to millions of people it’s totally normal.  Kinda like Chinese food is just food to everyone living in China.   You actually aren’t weird to try something that seems a little out there.  These practices wouldn’t be around if they didn’t work.

Team Up with an Earthy-Crunchy Buddy

Ask your friend’s wife, the yogini, where she goes and tag along for a class.  She’ll be happy to show you the ropes. You can do this for any crunchy discipline.  I would say, in most cases, it’s better to ask for a personal referral from someone you know than go with the hit-or-miss search you’ll get with Google.  There is a wide variety of training and experience with these disciplines and you want to make sure you pick someone who’s good.  A personal referral is best here.

Tell Yourself It’s Good For You

Tell the type-A devil sitting on your shoulder that slowing down is good for you.  Numerous studies have looked at things like productivity, a good night’s sleep, pain relief, increased sex drive, and increased creativity as an outcome of embracing your inner granola.  So if you feel your “can’t slow down” persona resisting, tell it that you’ll get a raise sooner at work.  It’s actually true!

If you’re still resisting, consider this blog post your permission slip.  You have my permission and encouragement to try something a little outside of your norm.  Get in touch with your shakras or your zen and enjoy.  You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel, and you’ll feel the results right away.  And if it’s not you but a friend or loved one who needs to hear this message, feel free to send this blog their way.

What do you think?  Might you now feel a little nudge in the right direction?  What have you always wanted to try?

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About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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9 Responses to Why You Should Embrace Your Earthy Crunchy Side

  1. Tara Burner October 18, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    now I know why you were searching “inner granola” LOL :)
    I’ve always been earth crunchy!
    in fact few years back I got ‘banished’ from a ‘group’ because of my earth crunchy side not fitting in with the ‘professionalism’ of this other group! Needless to say I was good with that because while I’m care free, enjoying life they were all uptight and stressed!
    And, my spiritual earth crunchy side is actually directing me to some new certifications!! whooooo hoooooo!!

  2. Lisa Johnson October 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    LOL, thanks Tara, :-) good luck with your new certifications although I’m sure you’ll be fine. L–

  3. Tara Burner October 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    Thanks…am working on laughter yoga one and trying to figure out how I can swing being gone for a week to do the Holy Yoga one!

  4. LizN October 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    Hi Lisa,
    I’m one of those Type As you mention. So what do I do, I go and get certified in Pilates (because I know it’s good for me but I need an incentive, such as money to do it – terrible I know).
    I taught my first group class last night. I was stressed that I would not be able to fill the hour – but it went beautifully and I felt fantastic, long and limber at the end (not to mention I got paid…ha) – but it’s amazing how good you feel when you just become more balanced lol

    Liz N

  5. Lisa Johnson October 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    Liz, I’m so glad you’ve joined the ranks of Pilates instructors :-) keep in mind that the workout is for the clients not you. You should be up and moving around constantly checking form, cueing both verbally and tactilely. You’ll be a much stronger instructor for it. L–

  6. Bethany Learn @fit2bmama October 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    I love your transparency: blase sex, inner eye-roll, but this article made me want to get off my computerized butt and do some of my own yoga. Thanks for a reminder that it’s okay to be crunchy LOL!

  7. Lisa Johnson October 18, 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    lol, Bethany you’re welcome ;-)

  8. Cailin @ Stir Crazy November 7, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    I definitely lean towards type A, but have been taking a yoga class twice a week now and look forward my hour of zen! I used to think that when I worked out I had to be working hard and fast, but yoga is a perfect compliment to my other workouts and really helps me feel balanced.

  9. Lisa Johnson November 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    Cailin, I agree, I think taking a “slower” paced class can be an excellent balance to the super hard workouts. I’m not saying it’s easy at all! Just a different mindset to take the class. Glad you’re doing it :-)

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