DAY 41: I Want To Be A Continuer.

Author: Heather Molina /

by: Cristina Eriksson

One thing that has been on my mind the last days is a thing my Budo-teacher talked about some time ago.

“There are only to types of students, continuers and quitters. The beginners don’t count as they don’t know yet what they are doing. After you have been a beginner and by your second semester, you have made a conscious decision to continue. After that you are either a continuer or a quitter.”

This makes so much sense in (Bikram) yoga as well.

We have beginners. We all have them in all studios, they don’t know what they are doing, they get a trial pass for some classes for a bargain price. Some students quit right at this time and others go on and buy a month card, or a 10 times card, or what suits them. At this time they become continuers.

Continuers come back. Once a day, once a week or something in between. They come regularly. They have an open mind and want to learn. They continue. They do their yoga continually.

Quitters quit. They give up. They have excuses that, if we hear them, we can see through them as being a (more or less) lame way to not come back. So they quit.

Quitters quit when it is starting to get tough and rough.

Quitters quit when they get in touch with things that are uncomfortable.

Quitters quit when the laziness in them takes over.

It doesn’t matter for how long you have been a student, you are still a continuer. Some more experienced, others less. Continuers continue what so ever... After a tough day, an uncomfortable feeling and through the hard work... Day after day after day.

I come back to the studio every day. So far I am a continuer and I want to continue to be a continuer with this yoga.


Cristina lives in Stolkhom, Sweden and has been practicing Bikram yoga for over 5 years. Currently, she practices at Bikram Yoga Sodermalm. The 101 Challenge is a way to more deeply learn about herself and this yoga. She works as a Lead Developer where she combines her two interests: motivating people and software development.


thedancingj said...

I feel very confident that you are not a quitter... ;-)

Johan said...

This post reminded me of a couple of year back when I shared a house with a load of girls (oh poor me :-). They had a bunch of fridge magnets, one of which said:
"I'd give up chocolate, but I'm no quitter!"

Moral of the story:
You can have your yoga and eat your chocolate too.

The Missus said...

LOL! I love that Johan!!!

Anny said...

I'm a beginner looking forward to being a continuer :D

Thank you for the great post!

SmilingHappyYogi said...

Thank you for your post. It was exactly what my yoga buddy and I needed today. Right after reading your post, he texted me asking if we could do a later class because he wasn't feeling like the morning class. I told him to read your post and get back to me. He text'd me back and said he'd see me in class. Perfect post at the perfect time for us. Going to class has been tough for us. Your post was exactly what we needed to keep us going. Many thanks!

aHappyYogi said...

I'm glad that I can be an inspiration for someone to continue.

~Johan, I love that line! and of course I love chocolate. :-)

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