Now, just for the record I am not that Yoga girl. I own very comfortable yoga pants that I do my household chores in, but that's pretty much the extent of it. Don't get me wrong, I have tried one or two yoga videos but even the basic stretches were too advanced for me. Stretching has never been something I enjoyed. Personally, I have always felt that stretching was uncomfortable, painful and to be quite honest a little on the boring side. To stand there and hold a pose or stretch for a period of time just doesn't keep my attention. However, if we are honest, stretching is viable.
If you ever had a reputable trainer, they will always make you stretch before a workout. Why is that? According to wyofitness.com, the purpose of a warm up is to prevent injury by increasing the body's core and muscle temperature. Warm muscles increase the rate of energy production which increases reflexes and lowers the time it takes to contract a muscle. So simply put, if you take time to warm up, your muscles do not have to work as hard to contract! My goodness, when that revelation hit me, I never looked at stretching the same from a physical, mental and spiritual perspective. How many of us went right into starting that business or ministry and didn't stretch first? We didn't research, pray diligently, or sought wise counsel. How many of us jumped into that relationship and didn't stretch first. We ignored red flags, our intuition and jumped right on the treadmill.
I don't know about you, but its time to stretch! Can I ask you a question, why are you still putting new wine into old wine skins? If you didn't know, sooner or later they will burst. I want to challenge you NOT to bring the old into the new! I feel it all over me that something new is happening within you. It may not feel like it, but keep stretching! Believe me, you are NOT the same person you were even a month ago. I have personally started stretching my body more and let me tell you, I am tighter than tight! However, the purpose of stretching is not just for physical benefits, but stretching will cause you to be more flexible! It will cause you to let some things go, so that you can make room for whats next!
You may ask, Carenda what's next? I can't answer that for you, but what I can do is confirm that it is refreshing, revitalizing and refined. So please do me a favor, let the old wine skins go. Let the old mentality and rusty mindset go, its time to stretch yourself into what's next!
You will need more energy for what's next. You will need more flexibility for what's next. You will need more room for what's next. Trust me, I am in no means setting you up for just an emotional high. I am setting you up to think differently, and to see that you are enough if you just take time to STRETCH! If you take time to stretch your mind, your spirit and your body, you won't have to work as hard and you won't have to recover as long. Remember, all things are working together for your good! Even when you stretch yourself!
If you are ready to stretch, I dare you to TAKE AIM!
Live life on the promise of IMPACT-
Carenda Deonne - Your #1 Change Agent!