Yea! Yippee! Music cued and I’m doing the happy dance! Okay, really, I’m just sitting at my desk typing, but in my mind, I’m dancing. Yesterday was day 28 of my own personal yoga challenge, and I am happy to say I did it! Of course, if it would not have rained all last night and this morning, I would have had 29 days in a row since I always do beach yoga on Sundays. Unless, of course, it is raining. When I realized beach yoga would not be happening today, my first thought was, ‘I’ll go to Bikram;’ my second thought was, ‘what’s wrong with you? Your body needs a break.’ So, no yoga today. My body truly does need a day of rest.
This what I learned from doing 28 straight days of yoga – it is exhausting. For whatever reason, I definitely need a day off to let my body recover and recuperate from all I ask of it on a daily basis. I also think if I did beach yoga 7 days a week, I’d probably be okay. It was the Bikram that I found so difficult. And not difficult in that it was hard, but, rather, it was the heat and sweating like a racehorse that did me in. Don’t get me wrong, I kind of liked it, or I at least liked the challenge of doing it. I did not manage to fall in love with it, though I will continue to do it, but only one day a week. What I also learned is I need to walk. It is like breathing to me, and when I am unable to do it, I feel like something vital is missing. I simply did not have the time to do yoga every day and walk, too. Maybe if I didn’t have to work… but I did, I do.
I was so busy getting through last month’s challenge that I never thought of anything to do for the month of March. Like I mentioned a few posts back, January was cleansing and no sugar or alcohol; February was continuing to eat clean, and though I did drink alcohol a couple of times, for the most part I stuck with not drinking, and, of course, my yoga challenge. I think for March I will take it easy and spend the month deciding on a challenge for April. It seems a good thing for me to challenge myself.
Below are a few quotes about challenge that spoke to me. Perhaps they will inspire something in you, as well:
“To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about embracing the pain that you’ll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge.” ~Summer Sanders
“Challenge is the pathway to engagement and progress in our lives. But not all challenges are created equal. Some challenges make us feel alive, engaged, connected, and fulfilled. Others simply overwhelm us. Knowing the difference as you set bigger and bolder challenges for yourself is critical to your sanity, success, and satisfaction.” ~Brendon Burchard
“I want to challenge you today to get out of your comfort zone. You have so much incredible potential on the inside. God has put gifts and talents in you that you probably don’t know anything about.” ~Joel Osteen
“Scientists have demonstrated that dramatic, positive changes can occur in our lives as a direct result of facing an extreme challenge – whether it’s coping with a serious illness, daring to quit smoking, or dealing with depression. Researchers call this ‘post-traumatic growth.'” ~Jane McGonigal
Of these four quotes, the last one explains, perhaps, the why I feel it necessary to challenge myself. I guess in some ways I am still healing from my sexual assault, and this is my brain’s way of continuing my ‘post-traumatic growth.’ I like it! It makes sense to me. I think so much of what we do, of what I do, is more unconscious than not. These small or not-so-small challenges I set for myself are a way of being more conscious in my life. And if life truly is a journey, not a destination, as Ralph Waldo Emerson believed, then the way I see it, the more conscious we are, the better that journey will be. So much, well, really, everything, changed in my life on 24 September 2011, which has turned out to not be a ‘bad’ thing. I’ve just had to learn how to embrace what now is. I will continue to challenge myself, and, hopefully, continue to grow. And that, I believe, is a very good thing.