The 30-Day Yoga Challenge – a personal journey

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.royal dancer

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.wildthing

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.

handstand in the cloudsI 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 : )lotus pic

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 : ) .

Feeling accomplished!

Namastecontact
&
GO for Life! ™

Photos taken at the Wabi Sabi Eco retreat in Jamaica!

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

 

 

 

P90X Tony Horton & Me : )

Here I am On-Set with Tony Horton filming a video for P90 X – 10 minute-trainer !

w Tony Horton on set filming P90x 10-min Trainer

w Tony Horton on set filming P90x 10-min Trai

I have attached photos from the shoot to share with you all. I couldn’t figure out how to load them properly on this page  so they’re a bit scattered about.  Just the same, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed filming this. Humbled!

Wishing everyone a New Year filled with Health, Wealth & Prosperity

In PEACE, HEALTH & with much LOVE,

Joycelyn Bejar

Tony & me

w Tony Horton Filming P90X 10-min Trainer

w Tony Horton Filming P90X 10-min Train

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w Tony Horton on set filming P90x 10-min Trainer

w Tony Horton on set filming P90x 10-min Trainer

w JC Burke My "TV BOYFRIEND"  on set filming w Tony Horton P90x 10-min Trainer

w JC Burke My “TV BOYFRIEND”
on set filming w Tony Horton P90x 10-min Trainer

 

 

DISUSE & ABUSE…save yourself from yourself

Joycelyn-253webAging is inevitable! BUT…

What we do today affects how we feel tomorrow.  Premature aging is as much the result of disuse and abuse of the body as it is the passage of time.

Sarcopenia is the degenerative loss of muscle mass related to aging.

The average decline in muscle mass between age 30-70 has been measured with women & men at 22% & 23%.

Some additional facts:

•Men & Women generally achieve maximum strength between the ages of 20-30.

• A 20% decline in muscle strength that usually occurs between ages 40-65 is attributed to age and disuse.

• Muscle mass has been found to decrease from 35%- 46% after age 60

•Men & Women CAN improve strength with age

• As Muscle Mass decreases with age Body Fat increases.

Strength training can prevent loss of muscle and help to regain that much needed lean mass.

Your Solution: HIT the WEIGHTS!

or more simply put…

USE iT or LOSE iT!

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer