Why yoginis should paint their toenails

Maybe you’re one of those people who has this great motivation that comes from within. You like getting up at 5:30 to go running and going to the gym “is fun!” If so, good for you! I mean it, that’s wonderful. I’m not one of those people. I like to sleep. I am not a morning person. I enjoy watching television.

I like running, I love to dance, yoga is becoming an addiction, but that doesn’t mean I am always motivated. Sometimes, I think of how nice it would be to just sit on the couch and watch a movie. I know I would not be happy with myself afterwards, and so I get myself to the gym or the studio or I go for a run. Once I’m doing whatever it is I was trying to justify avoiding, I feel great!

I’ve found that little things help motivate me, like painting my toenails. If I’m going to be doing 73 forward bends, at least I’ll have something nice to look at!

Shaving my legs works too. There’s nothing like reaching for your ankle and feeling smoothness instead of prickly skin, especially if it’s hot yoga and you’re all sweaty.

Promising myself a treat also does wonders. “After this, you can go to Booster Juice!”

I know thisĀ is silly, but for the days when the couch is calling, I take whatever motivation I can find!

What motivates you?