the power of other people

Abbey and Carlson

Studies have proven that friends influence your health decisions, whether they are 7 feet or 7,000 miles away.

Today was a prime example of the power of people. I went to a challenging vinyasa class by Jonny Kest. I drove an hour and a half just to get some zen because his class is like no other.

I am in great shape, but 30 minutes into the class I wanted to give up. I was tired, thinking about all the things I should have done, and I started giving up when the yoga guru himself said, "I always run with someone faster and better than me. Surround yourself by better people and that is how you go from good to great." Jonny had us hold hands with yogis next to us so we could be motivated and feel their energy. I typically am not so fond of holding sweaty hands, but it made a huge difference in my practice. He praises the power and influence of other people and it really worked.

Sometimes we are unmotivated to workout, uninspired to be healthy, and bored of the same, everyday routine. As cliché as it sounds, fitness can be fun. There are countless new classes and workouts springing up daily around the world. I do something different everyday and I love meeting great people along the way that push me. My goal is to find these amazing classes, and write about them to inspire and motivate you. Find a workout that challenges your muscles and your mind and a friend to go with you. Maybe zumba, belly dancing, aerial dance, rope yoga or barre pilates. Let's make things interesting! If we all work together, we can make a difference to someone. Who will you inspire today?

Above: Abbey (an Administrative Assistant) and Carlson (our Merchandise Allocations Analyst Dude) practice yoga on the roof of our office in Vancouver. Abbey is wearing our Deep V Tank III with Astro Crops (check your local store for inventory). Carlson is sporting the Metal Vent Tech SS and Kung Fu Pants.

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What an inspiring view! (and post!) You were meant to be at that class :)

Comment by Abbie — April 29, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

I work out twice a year but this post has inspired me to go to yoga tomorrow morning. Thanks Kristina!!

Comment by Kaitlin — April 29, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

Although I was thankful to be healthy, I always took it for granted I can do any sports I want.
Now I am just recovering from a severe back surgery and I am thankful for every single little improvement.

I cant wait for the day I will be back working out and teaching. Meanwhile I inspire my friends to find their perfect health and balance every day. As there is nothing in life that could replace this gift!

Comment by Silke — April 30, 2009 @ 10:49 am

I was thinking about this post a lot today actually. Especially this line: Surround yourself by better people and that is how you go from good to great.

I can’t wait to read your next posts and get excited and inspired to try new things.

Comment by Carolyn — April 30, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

Great post. New to your blog, but you got great writing style. You had some very interesting points that I liked. Looking forward to more of your thoughts.

Comment by Crystal Singing Bowl — May 10, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

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