An Eighth Thing I Would Tell a Newbie

I was just writing a reply to a fellow Women of DDPY-er who is having a tough week. She’s new to the program and experiencing the second week blues. In answering her question, I was forced to revisit my early days in the DDP Program and remember what I did that kept me going during the harder learning curves.

The second week is damn hard, especially if, like me, you have been completely inactive before starting DDP Yoga. During the first week, the shine is still on the apple. The excitement of trying out new workouts combines with the pass you give yourself on not being able to do everything straight away to help you motivate yourself quite easily. But on the second week, when you’re looking at the long list of things you can’t do yet, and you’ve been through the workouts a couple of times already so there’s no novelty to amuse you, your negative thoughts can get the better of you.

I hadn’t thought about this in a while, because now that I am up and running, I am so focused on moving forward that I tend to forget what’s in the review mirror. When I started out doing DDP Yoga, I read a lot about DDP and DDP Yoga, watched interviews with Arthur Boorman and DDP, and spent a lot of quality time with the nutrition program. A theme that cropped up over and over was DDP saying that people needed to know they could achieve their goals,  say “I can and will do this” instead of “I wish I could do that.”

I really took that to heart, and made sure to say in my head, or out loud when necessary, “I can do this”. Whenever I was in plank about to do a slow-burn push-up, I visualized doing the push-ups properly, and I would say “I can do this” in my head over and over. In fact, instead of counting 1.. 2.. 3, I would say “I can do this” three times.

At first the negative part of my brain knew I was lying, but over time with enough repetitions of the “I can do this” mantra, and enough visualizing of myself doing something successfully, it started to work.

And the rest is history. In the five months since I started DDP Yoga, the number of things I have learned how to do has exploded:

  • Side Plank 3
  • Road Warrior 3
  • Black Crow
  • Slow Burn Push-ups
  • Normal Push-ups
  • Wrap & Burn
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Firefly Pose
  • Black Crow
  • Side Crow
  • Eight Angle Pose
  • Eka Pada Koundinyasana I
  • Forearm Balance
  • Flying Pigeon Pose
  • Pull-ups
  • A Sub 10-minute Mile (running)

I’m definitely leaving things out, but you get the idea!

So, no more saying “I think I can do this”, or “I will try to do this”. From now on, it’s “I can do this”, or “I’m going to do this”. And if you currently struggle with something, no more “I can’t do this”. Instead, quote the great Arthur Boorman and say “Just because I can’t do it today, doesn’t mean I’m not going to be able to do it someday.”

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