athlete yogis

“DREAMS ARE HUMAN WINGS.”

Pursue your dreams! Let them take you higher!

I ran, really ran, for the first time in a month yesterday and it was magic. I thought “oh I’m a runner again”
But why do I feel the need to associate my athleticism with a sport in order to validate it? I’m not just:
Cait the runner or Cait the soccer player or Cait the hurdler or Cait the powerlifter or Cait the yogi.
I’m an athlete, no matter what I do.

“LIVE YOUR BELIEFS AND YOU CAN TURN THE WORLD AROUND.”

ALWAYS ALIGN YOUR ACTIONS WITH YOUR PURPOSE.

#StayTrueToYourself #Alignment

“I have had students over the years, male students especially, that are like ‘I just started, how long before I can expect to touch my toes?’
To be honest, I don’t know because we’re all different, right? I would say this - do it everyday, or at least 5 times a week and then YOU tell me how long it takes.”

-Yogi Bryan Thomas photographed and interviewed for my book “Inside the Warrior - the Masculine Side of Yoga.” ©AmyGoalenPhotography

Flowers are nice, but if you’re the kind of guy that is willing to accompany me to yoga, and surprise me with new workout clothes every now and then, you’re the kind of man that I want. 

Lululemon is my aesthetic 🍋

Women, Sizing and Self Esteem

I have worked in the retail industry for more than 20 years. I understand trend, gross margin, marketing, the changing customer and profit and loss statements.

I am also an athlete. A runner, a yogi, a mom. I have been a size 22 and a size 8. I am currently a size 14. So, the average size for an American woman.

Like many others, I have spent the vast majority of my adult life striving for perfection. Trying to get my body to fit into the ideal standard of beauty. Even at my smallest and most fit, I still felt less than in many ways. I was hyper critical of myself and my imperfections.

Was I happier at an 8 than at a 22? Yes. 100%. But only because my body was strong and capable of taking on all the physical challenges I could throw at it. Now I’m living in that weird middle ground. I know I’m in really good shape from a cardiovascular stand point. I can go out and run and feel good. Yoga makes my mind and body more flexible. I can lift heavy at the gym and still function the next day.

To the outside observer, I probably appear overweight and out of shape. That’s ok. I’ve come to terms with that. I try not to worry so much about what others think and just continue to do the things that make me happy.

But here’s where I hit a roadblock. When I’m in a yoga class, I’m usually the only one not wearing Lululemon. Why? They consider an extra large to be a size 12. A 12! I know it shouldn’t bother me, but it makes me feel less than. I am not part of the club that can wear beautiful yoga clothing with that highly recognizable label.

I would give all my money to a trendy yoga clothing company like Spiritual Gangster if their sizing went higher than a 10.

I just don’t understand from a profit stand point, why these companies would alienate such a large portion of potential customers. It’s not a smart business decision. But I also understand that it’s also about status. About catering to a certain demographic. A certain body type. In these companies eyes, I am not a real yogi. I am not a real athlete. I am less than because it is not about health, it is about appearance. And that is complete and utter bullshit. It is just one more rung in the war against women ladder and I am sick of it.

I might just need to go start my own line… *Steps off soap box.

ROCK THE VOTE.

“Elections are determined by the people who show up.” #ShowUp

DON’T DOUBT.

“If you keep saying you will never, You have the chance of becoming a prophet.” 

BELIEVE.