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!

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




The Definition of ” INSANITY” is …

einstein1_7“Insanity is doing the same thing over & over again but expecting different results” -  Albert Einstein  (Although attribution here remains questionable, I will still credit Einstein as the source.)

Ever feel like you’re stuck on a hamster wheel going round and round in the same direction but going nowhere… I have had this feeling several times over throughout my life.  Usually this is an indication of a need for change.

Here’s an idea… This month, make a commitment to doing something different.  Maybe something you have thought about doing or just doing something you already do but do it in a different way. Surely this will ellicit a change in your life, redirect the flow of energy that comes in and out. Make space for new people and new experiences in your life and notice the changes in and around you..

Let me now what you decide to change & would love if you would share the changes you experience.

I am making a 30-day commitment to change something this month… I will keep a journal to document my experience and will keep you posted.

Try something new & different!

See you changed at the end of this month : )

Safe travels…

GO for Life! ™contact

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

More than “10 Tips to True Fitness”

smileTrue Fitness is more than just exercise. It’s about achieving wellness in Mind, Body & Spirit. Regardless of age, gender or fitness level apply these 10 Fitness tips for a fit & healthier YOU!

“More than 10 Tips to True Fitness”

1. WORKOUT everyday – activity of your choice, your level, set your goals and train for that. Train hard. Most importantly, SHOW UP I mean really BE PRESENT. torso

2. good NUTRITION is key – Whole foods Clean eating- nothing processed, nothing preserved. You can exercise all day, if you don’t fuel yourself properly all that hard work will be wasted.

3. SET GOALS– see the big picture. Then set small reachable attainable goals. This will keep you motivated. When you reach them congratulate yourself…not by eating an Ice cream sundae (although sometimes I do enjoy French fries ooops), by taking the time to give yourself props for your accomplishments. Then accept where you are, get back to work & move on to the next!

bottoms red4.  DISCIPLINE – by this I mean put your self first. Do what you have to do for you and get it done. Then you will find you have that much more energy to give to the world & to others. It’s give & give, give to yourselves then give to others. It’s a wellspring!  Without this you will ACCOMPLISH nothing.

 5. Stay INSPIRED– making exercise a routine is one thing. Staying motivated and doing the same thing everyday gets old. When you see that start to happen, make a change.  At first the body will change, when it gets used to the same thing the changes will come slower and then none at all.  Changes take time. You didn’t get here in a day and you won’t get where you’re going in a day either. …CHANGE it up, keep it fresh!

6. BALANCE- meditation, breathing and visualization – though these should all be separate they make there way into one.sarong salute  Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, breathing, walking, mantras, incorporate these things into your schedule.. one or all.. if you’re training hard it’s important to do something soft for yourself. BALANCE is the Key.

7. Stay POSITIVE– look for the good in everything, use affirmations, even when it gets hard and seemingly impossible. Be PATIENT with your self…ALL is POSSIBLE!

b&w profile8. With all of this, carry that bottle of water & remember to DRINK & BREATHE!

9. Your body is your temple, HONOR it, RESPECT it & LOVE it!

Lastly & Firstly…

10. GRATITUDE-be grateful for the opportunity to fulfill these accomplishments, dreams & desires.buttocks

The MAGIC is here!
                                                                                   The End

GO for Life! ™
In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Photographs & Style by Quelle Faboo Maureen Fannon