I decided to make a 30-day commitment to change. I signed up at my yoga studio for the 30-day challenge or mat crawl as the Green Monkey would call it.
You commit to your mat for 30 days. This means show up to this space everyday for one month. Everyday be present, be mindful and for that time give all you have of yourself.
The challenge here at the Green Monkey went beyond 30-days. You had take 30 different teachers in 31 days which meant you couldn’t take the same teacher or class twice and had to flip your schedule upside to get the classes in.
Just to be clear Yoga is something I do, not the “Thing” that I do. So I decided I wanted to change my routine and deepen my yoga practice.
At first I’ll admit I was apprehensive about taking other teachers classes. I wanted to take the classes and teachers that I had come to know and love. But I signed up for this commitment and I was going to complete it. As I began the journey and got out of my daily routine I immersed myself in the process of change. By experiencing other teachers classes I realized that everyone had something to teach and there was something to be gained from every one. Not a bad class or teacher in the bunch. I had now been exposed to umpteen different styles of yoga and each one selflessly shared their own practice. By physically letting go of my routine and set patterns, internally I began letting go of my own preconceived notions about everything.
I released restrictions in my shoulders and chest and my heart opened wider. New people started coming into my life and sharing their positive energy with me.
I let go of fear and my hand stands magically improved : ) .
(check out my feet in the clouds)
I practiced hip openers. As the tension and pain in my hips decreased, my mobility increased. I found myself moving more freely and lighter and the energy in my life was flowing with ease. ( I got my lotus back : )
Everyday was a new experience. With each passing day I found myself feeling better and growing happier. At the end of the 31 days I had completed my commitment and my Yoga practice had gotten stronger and deeper. I felt less restricted, more open, restored and renewed and once again there was a bounce in my step : ) .
GO for Life! ™
Photos taken at the Wabi Sabi Eco retreat in Jamaica!
In peace, health & with much love,
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer