Creativity Tool Tuesday: Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

Get outside your comfort zone

Creativity must be nurtured, that's a fact and as the saying goes "if you do things the way you've always done them, you'll continue to get the same results".  I believe that working up a sweat is a great way to stoke your creative fires, but truth be told I've been in an exercise rut.  I've been teaching yoga for 10 years and while I love it, my body and my mind are very used to it.  Running feels like a chore recently and even though I see myself running and doing yoga for many more years to come my body really needs a re-set, it needs something to help me snap out of my exercise rut. 

My body has been getting soft and round which there's nothing wrong with but I prefer the feeling of strength and health.  Add in the fact that I spent the last week more or less in bed with the cold/Flu and you can be sure I feel the pressing need to do something different.  When I heard that Pure Barre of Greensboro was looking for a blogger to try Pure Barre for a month and blog about the experience I got really excited because I needed to take a step outside my comfort zone and this sounded like the right push! 

Let me be straight with you about a few things
1) I'm terrified of group exercise classes:  Yes, I'm a yoga teacher I love going to yoga and teaching yoga which are group classes but I have no rhythm and I don't have to have rhythm and be in step to participate in yoga. 
2) I hate not knowing anyone when I go to a new class.  
3) I don't like to not knowing what I'm doing.  
4) Having accountability to someone besides myself helps me get lots of things done.  

Yesterday finally feeling healthy enough to not stay in bed all day I decided to take my first Barre class.  I was scared, I was scared that I wouldn't know anyone, that I'd look dumb, that I'd be so out of shape I wouldn't be able to do anything.  When was the last time you felt nervous about trying something new?  Did you let it stop you from trying or did you feel the fear and do it anyway?  I decided to feel the fear and do it anyway.  

When I got to Pure Barre Greensboro they couldn't have been nicer!  The woman at the front desk asked me if I'd been to a Barre class before and assured me I'd do fine. The Instructor came over and gave me a few tips and made sure I felt comfortable in the room.  When I got there another girl was also new to Barre and we introduced ourselves to each other.  It felt good to know that I wasn't the only other person in the room who didn't know what they were doing.  

The class started quickly, it went very fast and there were times that I felt lost but if the instructor saw that I didn't know what I was doing she came over and helped me out.  It was one of the most physically challenging things I've done in a long time.  I probably jumped in a week too soon after being sick because my body felt pretty destroyed before class and during I struggled a lot.  My muscles were shaking so much and I'm nervous about how sore I'll be but I think this is just the kick in the pants that I need.  Pure Barre of Greensboro has two locations one at New Garden and one at Westover Terrace.  They have a First Week Free special that only lasts through January 31st so I recommend taking advantage of that now if you want to try them out.  

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I'll keep you posted as I take classes over the next month and let you know how the process goes.  Have you tried a Pure Barre class?  If not what would it take for you to give it a try?  Do you have any questions about my experience in the class?