The Challenge

An Om symbol in the sand at a beach

Tomorrow…it begins.

“It” being the 30 day yoga challenge I signed up for at DoYouYoga.com. I wasn’t sure I was going to do it but had been playing with the idea for several days. That, along with the lack of getting off my butt on my own lead me to enter my email address on the sign up page and make the commitment.

I’m pretty nervous. I’m scared I won’t stay with it. I don’t know about you but my brain is really good at rationalizing excuses, even when it’s something I need to do and know I’ll be happier for.

A 30 day challenge is something I’ve never done and like most new things, the thought of it is causing some discomfort and worry. That’s not terrible though. One of the many things I hope to learn through this process is walking through those kinds of feelings, especially when it comes to new things or facing the unknown.

Because honestly, doing the actual yoga every day isn’t what I’m worried about. It’s all the mental garbage I’ll be confronting and shifting and learning to work with.

I know there will be days when I just won’t feel like doing it.

I will have to be patient, consistent, self disciplined and kind to myself.

I will have to let go of the “ideals” I have about what my practice should look like – early morning, alone in a quiet, peaceful room for at least 20 – 30 minutes. Ha – I know there are going to be days when that just doesn’t happen.

But I will do it anyway and it will be ok. Even if my brain doesn’t like that right now.

That will be the real challenge.

Even in the midst of all this, I am also really excited and glad I’ve made this promise to myself.

According to the website, the challenge will consist of 30 Days of Yoga in 10-20 minute long online video sessions sent via email, lead by yoga teacher Erin Motz – all for free!

Today, I thought about getting a little notebook for the month of June where I could just write down a few lines, a few words, draw pictures, whatever, just for this experience. It may be interesting to see how I’m feeling at the beginning and what shifts by the end, what I’ve learned, any insights, etc. You get the idea.

If there’s anything worth sharing, I’ll post it at the end of the 30 days. Not each days words, I promise, just the interesting stuff 😉

Challenges are always popping up in life. We are constantly having to face things that make us fearful or upset, uncomfortable or feeling unsure of how to go forward. I love to keep things calm, peaceful and happy in my own life and sometimes really struggle with the ups and downs and unexpected challenges life throws at me.

So I’m walking in to this challenge voluntarily, open to learning and growth. Please hold a good thought for me tomorrow or anytime in June!

Peace, love and smoothies!
Anna

5 thoughts on “The Challenge

  1. Good Luck, Anna!

    Daily exercise is a real challenge for me and I’m looking forward to any helpful hints you”ll share on self-discipline.

    Love,
    Susan

    • Thanks so much Susan! Day 5 and things are going great so far. I think the fact that I had to sign up and mentally made a formal commitment has helped get me up and practice every day. It is a challenge, that’s for sure. Thanks so much for reading!

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