Taking a short detour away from the #Unclutter2017 series, I thought I’d check in with you on how my 30-day yoga challenge is going.
Throughout the month of January, the wonderful DoYogaWithMe folks are sending subscribers a daily email containing two videos. One is for beginners, the other for intermediates. I’m in the latter category, although I have done one or two of the beginners’ classes.
How things got started
I began with a couple of beginners sessions, as the videos in the early part of the intermediate series were ones I’d already enjoyed over the Christmas holidays.
I then transitioned to the intermediate classes, which I’ve enjoyed very much. The daily ritual of rolling out the mat and the competent, clear and inspiring instruction has challenged me (as intended) to ‘Do Yoga’ every day.
When the going got tough
As January unfolded, I became unwell. This happens rarely, so I was shocked to find myself with a full-on head cold, which lasted for two whole weeks.
During this period, there were days when I simply didn’t feel well enough to practice. There was also a very long class (73 minutes) mid-way through my second week of feeling unwell, when I already had a full evening schedule, so that precluded me from taking part.
Keep calm and carry on
I’ve previously written about quitting, which may not always be a bad thing to do. However, on this occasion, my approach was simply to move on and pick up with the next class.
That approach has worked well. Even though I missed a session yesterday (50th birthday party), I was back on the mat today with a 40-minute vinyasa flow sequence, led by the fabulous Tracey Noseworthy.
A different kind of challenge
Whilst we may challenge our bodies over these 30 days, the real test is whether we can develop the discipline of returning to the mat, even if we didn’t practice the previous day (or the one before that).
What we learn is that it’s OK to step back sometimes. It’s not always possible to do everything all of the time. What’s important is that we get back on the mat, keep going, and know that every day will be different. We just have to approach our practice, as often as we can, and observe how it goes.
The 30-day challenge instils in subscribers a sense of anticipation, as we await the daily email, wondering how long it will be and who will lead it. I recommend it to you, even if you haven’t yet begun. The series offers a challenge in tenacity and commitment to self, but is a gift in so many other ways.
Have you set yourself a New Year’s challenge? Did you make a resolution and have you stuck to it? Let me know how you got on!
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