When it comes to exercise, I will do anything and everything to avoid it. There’s this mental block in my mind (probably a remnant of childhood gym class trauma) that causes me to seize up with terror at the thought of any physical activity one would view as exercise.
And that’s not to say I haven’t tried over the years to get over this. I’m the queen of awkward gym visits and embarrassing aerobic class blunders. THE QUEEN I TELL YOU. And that’s all I’m telling you, I’ll overshare about my gym misery another day, promise.
So I’ve screwed up a lot in the past with exercise, but I’ve kept trying (hell I even ran a 5k, how that happened I’ll never know). I still kinda suck to be honest with all things gym related. But I have discovered a form of exercise that through repeatedly lying to myself that it isn’t *really* exercise (but really it is), I now enjoy and actually do on a regular basis – and that’s yoga.
One of the things I’ve also found to help motivate my lazy ass is to maintain my sense of self and style while working out.
This may sound a bit ridiculous but bear with me on this train of thought for a moment –
Getting out of your comfort zone and trying new physical activity or hitting up a gym can be pretty intimidating at the best of times. Couple that with being alternative you’re probably not particularly comfortable in mainstream workout gear, maybe that’s why the whole Health Goth thing stemmed from? Or maybe not. BUT given black liquid liner, corsets and Smeggs aren’t exactly conducive to working up a sweat – though Slimelight regulars might argue with me on this one – that doesn’t mean you have to suddenly go day-glo (unless you want to!)
There’s no metal or goth yoga where I live, unlike the awesome Metal Yoga Bones taught by Saskia Thode in Brooklyn or some of the punk rock yoga classes I’ve seen offered in other cities. So I have to be content with a pretty calm and meditative practice at my lovely local studio, or cranking up a little doom if at home.
Anyway! Here are a few darkside yoga essentials:
And if you’re looking for further reading on the subject of weirdos working out I love Mlle Ghoul’s ‘Weight Loss For Weirdos’ series!
Image Credit: Metal Yoga Bones