Four years ago, I competed for the USA Women’s Water Polo Team. This year I was given a special opportunity to play at the Games in another way (aka cheer, hang, and blog with lululemon athletica). Though my reason for being in London was quite different from my purpose in Beijing, it’s amazing how the life lessons I have learned from each are more similar than I thought.

Here are seven things I learned from the Olympic Games and lululemon athletica:

Love what you do. If not, change it.

I reached a point in my athletic career when I found my passion for competing wander over yonder to other pursuits. Was I scared to move on? Very. But I was excited, too. If we’re not happy doing something, we need to ask ourselves why we’re truly doing it.

living on the edge (thanks aerosmith)

We can learn a lot about ourselves when we’re pushed to an edge of uncertainty and unknown. It’s not easy for most of us to get out of our comfort zone and to reach for something that feels frightfully far away (perhaps it’s a shiny gold color?).

Creating this scary space for ourselves is where we make room to grow (HUGE).

ready, set, yoga.

I know they say you’re not supposed to be competitive in yoga, but sometimes I just can’t help it. With all the random yoga we did in the streets and parks in London, I think we got the international community pondering about making it an official event for the next Olympics in four years!

Be present.

It’s easy to worry about what’s coming next. Yet if we always look ahead to the next move or task, there’s no way we can be our best self right now.

lululemon athletica manifesto

a worldly manifesto

I love that both sports and yoga are universal languages. We can run, move, compete, and sweat together. The way we organically connect and uplift one another reminds me that the lululemon manifesto can also be just as worldly (well, when translated to the language of your choice).

anything can happen

The Olympics are a place where anything can happen. This is the beauty and the beast of sport. This may seem backwards, but I find it more difficult to watch than compete. If I’m competing I’m in my zone, but if I’m spectating I’m a nervous sweaty betty.

You’re only old if…

During my Yogathlete Challenge (5 classes, 5 studios, 1 day), I walk into the studio and see on the wall:

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” (George Bernard Shaw)

Our lululemon crew made sure to keep playing and inviting others to join along.

 

Anyone up for a proper English triathlon adventure involving bike, beer and yoga? I’m not quite sure what order that should go in.

 

 

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