Stay Out of the Prison of All or Nothing

Jen Hoffman of Healthy Moving hosts the Healthy Moving podcast. I love her philosophy and mission: to help you “exercise less but move more, so that you will feel better.”

In Episode 12 of the podcast, Jen shared a segment of an interview she did with yoga instructor and author Judith Lasater. In this interview, Judith says,

“Stay out of the prison of all or nothing. Move in the direction of.”

Move In The Direction Of

She is responding to the complaint that so many of us have when we say that we don’t have time to do yoga or exercise. 

But really, this could apply to so many things in our lives! I’m thinking of Waldorf homeschooling, for instance. Stay out of the prison of all or nothing. Move in the direction of.

You can go have a listen to this episode of the Healthy Moving podcast here: Episode #12: Move in the Direction Of. It’s only 10 minutes long and well worth it!

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Judith Lasater wrote the book on restorative yoga, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. Restorative yoga is one of my favorite self-care practices. It’s a relaxing form of yoga which uses lots of props where you stay in comfortable poses for longer stretches of time. I highly recommend to all Mamas that you find a restorative teacher near you.

At Healthy Moving, Jen also offers a super Coaching and Challenge Program. I’ve been a part of this program for over a year now and have seen such amazing improvements in my energy levels, posture, and capacity to walk more every day. It’s all online so that you can participate from the comfort of your own home. 

I also do restorative yoga at Green Tara Yoga here in Cleveland. And a few months ago while visiting my friend Alison in Austin, I got to experience this wonderful practice with Everitt of Yoga for All Ages, complete with Tibetan singing bowls. Amazing!

May we all stay out of the prison of all or nothing. And move in the direction of.


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10 thoughts on “Stay Out of the Prison of All or Nothing

    1. Yes! Why do we over and over again want it all and right now? A crazy lifelong lesson that requires daily practice for this Mama anyway.

  1. I am telling Everett he hit cyberspace again today. He will be thrilled – I know we will be doing restorative together in the future. It’s happening! Miss you guys so much:)
    Love, Alison XOXO

    1. Yes, please tell Everett! Could he just come to my house and lead me through restorative poses every day???

  2. All or nothing, that is me. If I can’t exercise correctly, what’s the point, right? Well, no, that’s not right, because a little exercise is better than no exercise. It kind of goes hand and hand with B&W thinking… if he’s upsets me some, then he is all bad or I don’t like that restaurant’s blackened catfish, so I won’t eat there at all. I did a lot of cognitive behavior therapy and learned that I am the queen of these types of thought processes. My husband is the opposite. For instance, he has no issue with emptying a few dishes out of the dishwasher to come back later and do a few more, then eventually load it. I’m a “no, we’re going to unload and load the whole thing right now.’ He also has no issue with just folding a few pieces of laundry here and there and maybe no even finishing folding his laundry when we start our weekly washing again. I, on the other hand, must fold all of my and my daughter’s laundry in one feel swoop.

    1. Yes! Our thinking can really get us in trouble. I do think that “all” might be ok when it comes to laundry! I’ve been trying to make sure I wash, dry, fold and put away all in one day!!! But we’re all different, for sure. And we don’t want to give up in frustration when we get stuck in thinking something has to be entirely one way or not at all!

  3. BTW, I had written earlier about the conference and I’m just not going to be able to make it. The summer is when my disease gets really active and this summer has been no different, despite new meds. Blech! I really wanted to go, especially since I wouldn’t have to any work. Just learn, relax, and enjoy the company of others like myself. Hopefully my doctor will have my meds down to a science by the summer of 2016 so I can go then!

    1. So sorry to hear you won’t be able to make it, Maureen. I wish you relief and peaceful summer days. And I’ll be hoping with you that you can make it to Taproot next year.

  4. Great message! All or Nothing really is a prison – isn’t it? I’m off to check out that podcast – thanks for the recommendation!

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