Guest Post by Alison: 30-Day Challenge
October 24, 2010
The following is a guest post by Alison Tait, a participant of the Be Elation 30-Day Yoga Challenge.
I am committed to my yoga practice.
But the thought of yoga every day for 30 days was initially a bit daunting.
Interesting all the thoughts that arose before accepting the challenge:
- I have a busy job and how will I find the time?
- I travel quite a bit – how will I do yoga on the road?
- From a physical perspective, won’t doing yoga every day be too much?
- Will I get bored?
- Is yoga every day a bit obsessive?
I realized that the obstacles I created in my mind are often how I approach something new and different….
With some apprehension and sometimes with negativity
Maybe we do this so that if we fail we are only reinforcing a view we already held….
The reality was surprisingly different.
I rolled out the mat each and every day for 30 days – sometimes early in the morning and sometimes late at night…
The minute I sat on the mat a calmness descended and I felt myself decompress
If I only had 15 minutes, I dedicated the 15 minutes to being right there.
I found that as the days passed I relaxed into the postures in a way that I never had before.
My tight hips let go and my knees touched the ground in sukasana effortlessly.
It was not about the length of time but the quality of time spent on the mat and
my ability to focus left me with a strong sense of well being.
I enjoyed going to the studio more often than usual – the group energy was revitalizing at the end of a long tiring day.
But what surprised me most was a deeper appreciation for the moments alone.
Being bored never materialized as I explored different dimensions of the postures, resulting in my practice subtly changing every day.
There are times in life when we sometimes can feel stuck – in our jobs, in our busyness, in our relationships, in our exercise routines, in our reactions to situations and in our patterns of thinking.
My commitment to yoga every day allowed me to recognize and perhaps better understand the endless possibilities that are always present in our lives.