Wow did the month of September fly by or what?! I think it is because of the 30 day yoga challenge I was taking part in, it has been so much fun! What an experience, I seriously don’t want it to end! I have met some wonderful people through this Be the Change Challenge and am quite proud of how well everyone has done! What I look forward to most this weekend is a class on Sunday with Megan Campbell then off to chow down with some new friends (other challengers) at The Table in Westboro to celebrate and share stories our successes (and struggles) this past month! Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way and helped me reach my fundraising goal! There is still time to donate 🙂
I decided to sign up for this challenge organized by Megan Campbell with the intention of getting into the habit of doing yoga every single day. Yes I know, I’m a new yoga teacher so I should already be practicing yoga everyday, well I have to be honest, while I have been doing yoga at least 3-4 times a week I haven’t been doing it everyday! I guess all I needed was a little 30 day challenge to get me on the right track!
After all, many spiritual traditions refer to 30 days and the power it has to transform habits, relationships, jobs, patterns. It’s within that time span you gain the power to make or break habitual patterns and ways of living.
I found that during this challenge I was very diligent and made time to get on my mat everyday (except for one day but I did it twice the following day, not sure if that counts but oh well!) At first I was taking advantage of the free yoga classes that we being offered at Pure Yoga Ottawa but as my days started getting busier I found that I was really enjoying doing my own practice at home! The hardest part (just like anything else) is getting there on your mat (showing up), connecting with your breath, taking the time to relax and giving yourself a few moments to feel grounded and at peace. Once I get there it is always feels so good and I always finish feeling better and as though I’ve accomplished something 🙂 What’s even better is I get a great stretch out of it and depending on my mood and energy levels, a great core workout!
So do I think that everyone should try doing yoga every single day? Is it the best way to become happier, healthier and more in tune with your body and your surroundings!? OF COURSE! But don’t take my word for it, you’ll have to try it yourself! Many yoga studios offer first time visitors a first time unlimited intro month special (for example at Pure Yoga they offer an intro special of $40 for unlimited yoga your first month!) If going to a yoga studio everyday is not feasible for you there are many other options…check out my friend Sarah’s video series called Surviving Yoga for more tips on how to get started in yoga and how to stay committed to a yoga practice.
Now if doing yoga isn’t something that interests you THAT IS OKAY!! Maybe you have other goals you want to achieve or habits that you want work on. My Mom (for example) has done a few 30 day challenges but her first one she went without wine or beer for 30 days!! Sounds tough right?? She thought so too, but after only 2 weeks of no drinking she didn’t even feel like she wanted to drink. She also was happy because she lost weight, trimmed inches and felt so much better! In fact, since the challenge (8 months ago) she rarely drinks at all anymore! Imagine that?!
So are you sick of having hang overs or want to get rid your beer belly? I dare you to challenge yourself to going without any alcohol for 30 days. Once you get past the first week or turn down an offer to go for drinks with a friend you’ll be able to do it for the rest of the month! You’ll be amazed how much better you feel and look (less bloated, more energy, less cravings etc). And yes, you might ‘accidentally’ have a drink during the challenge but don’t beat yourself up about it. Just acknowledge what you did and move on! We are human, we make mistakes, bad decisions etc. It’s not the end of the world. But don’t ever give up because at some point you’ll get sick of constantly ‘starting over’. I plan on continuing to practice yoga everyday, I find I really miss it when I don’t do it 😦 Now that’s a good thing!
In case you haven’t gotten the point of my post yet, here it is….SET A GOAL, TELL YOU FRIENDS, PICK A DATE, COME UP WITH A PLAN (do a 30 day challenge), SURROUND YOURSELF WITH A SUPPORTIVE GROUP/FRIENDS, STICK TO YOUR PLAN and the best part–> CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS!!
It’s that simple 🙂
Did you know that the beginning of next month starts on a Monday?? October 1, 2012; the perfect date to start working on your next goal…what’s yours going to be?? I’m going to begin preparing for a figure competition next spring 😉 The 7 month countdown begins!!
Please share your goals/30 day challenge below…
Also, don’t forget I am teaching yoga this Sunday at 10am at LC Fitness studio. It’s an all levels class and only $10 dollars for a 75 minute class. Bring your own mat, a water bottle, a towel and a friend. Stay tuned for updates on new class times starting in a few weeks 🙂 Hope to see you there!!