Has your life ever gotten stagnant or have you end up feeling stuck? You overcome some of your life’s challenges and need a new one? I felt that way recently and decided to find a challenge that would fit perfectly into my life. That challenge was 30 days of yoga.
Over 30 days I did yoga approximately 6 days a week. Let me tell you, I learned a lot! I learned about my practice, my body, and myself as a whole. Like I’ve said many times before, yoga is a great way to connect your body, mind, and spirit. If you let it, your practice will speak to you in ways you couldn’t ever imagine.
At first, I was completely gung-ho about the whole 30 day yoga challenge. For two weeks I did yoga every single day. I felt differences after those two weeks and it was awesome. I found myself being more patient, I found my strength coming back, I found myself humbled by my practice…in good ways and funny ways. It was truly amazing.
After the first two weeks, things started to slow down. I’d miss a day here or there, and, at first, I was mad at myself. How could I miss a day of practice? I realized my body was telling me it needed something on those days. I either needed rest, play, or work. I had to remind myself to be self-compassionate. It was ok that I couldn’t get to my mat because I started my period and was too crampy. It’s ok I couldn’t get to my mat because I needed to focus on cleaning the house or reading for class. I was gentle with myself and, therefore, able to encourage myself the next day when it came time for yoga.
Another thing I noticed about the challenge came later. I started to get annoyed with having to do yoga every single day. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it was because I “had to” or maybe it was because I was just getting sick of it. That’s when I had to humble myself. I changed my narrative and reminded myself that I’m lucky enough to get to practice yoga daily. I’m grateful I have a home where I can practice and a TV that can provide me with an infinite amount of yoga videos. I was reminded of my patience, and how important it is to seek and master. I was learning so much about myself and it was exciting.
Now that I’ve completed the challenge, I decided a few things. First, I’m probably going to back down to 3-4 days a week. That’s a little more feasible for my schedule. Second, I’d like to start practicing yoga at an actual studio. That one’s exciting for me! The practices will be more technical and have Sanskrit verbiage so I can deepen my yogic knowledge. I’ll get to practice with my instructor in the room, and with a class full of people. The energy you feel and share in a yoga class is phenomenal! Lastly, I decided to show myself more self-compassion. Through yoga and counseling I’ve noticed I’m not very nice to myself, and that has to change. My new intention is to practice self-compassion. Let the small things go. Talk positively to myself. Love myself for exactly who I am because this is exactly who I should be. I can’t wait to see where it all takes me!
Thank you all for joining me today. I’m curious to know about any challenges or yoga challenges our readers have done! What are some of your fun life challenges? How do they shape you and your character? What do you learn about yourself? Leave a comment in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from our readers!
With Love and Light,