I've decided to dub the 30 Day Yoga Challenge "No Excuses November" because, let's face it, we all tend to find excuses that keep us away from doing some of those things we really need to do for ourselves. (like exercise and alone time)
"No I don't"
Don't be so negative. It's a very human thing to lose steam and fall out of routines that can better us physically, mentally and over all emotionally. Because when we do exercises regularly, and journal/ check in with ourselves daily, we will find that as we change, every thing around us changes too.
In my last few posts I've discussed preparing for this challenge by getting your yoga ducks in a row. Finding online sites that have sequences you feel are suitable for you, or buying a monthly unlimited class pass from your favorite studio - but the other part of this challenge is keeping a journal.
"What's the point of the journal? I just want to rock out my power yoga and get my yoga butt back in gear!"
Well, in life, it's easy to get distracted. We may think we'll remember things, knowing somewhere in the back of our head that most probably we're going to forget. By journaling about our experiences over this next month we are creating a user's manual to our very own lives. We will have written proof about what poses make us feel great and which ones we need to practice more. We will be able to see our moods, how we feel physically. I.E. "After last nights late night pizza, I feel bloated and lethargic, but once I did Chair pose, twisting to each side for 5 breaths, I felt a lot better." Now you've learned that late night pizza probably isn't your friend, but Chair Pose with a Twist will help you get things flowing again as they should be.
But still - I say all of this as if its just that easy, and the truth is, journaling can be hard. Sometimes is VERY hard to tell ourselves the truth, but I'm here to tell you there are ways to plan for that too.
If you want to do the very scientific journal, only writing down specific observations - this is your challenge and it is your journal, but know there is more. There are prompts out there that will help you get over those road blocks, allowing you to speak freely to yourself about yourself.
Here is a basic set that will work for this challenge:
How did you feel before practicing? (physically and emotionally)
How did you feel after practicing? (physically and emotionally)
How long did you practice for?
What was your favorite pose? Why?
What was your least favorite pose? Why?
How long did you sleep last night?
Did you sleep well or did you wake up a lot?
What did you eat today?
How long before practicing did you eat?
Did the amount of time between eating affect your practice?
I'm sure some of these questions seem odd. Like they have no relation to this "No Excuses November" challenge - but after answering them for 30 days, if you take a night to go back and read over everything you've written. You will be AMAZED at what you find.
Also know that these question are just a starting point, and you can go deeper.
Here is a link to my friend Debra's site, called The Warm Milk Journal - she has tons of wonderful journaling prompts and exercises on her site. If you are one of the MILLIONS of people out there that have problems sleeping, she has a lot of help with that too.
Remember, you should work on yourself from the inside out. It's the best way to get the results you want.
9 days this our challenge begins!! I can't wait to go on this journey with you!