My Yoga Challenge
A new year has begun which often means adopting new resolutions, bettering bad habits or adopting better ones. For me, tackling on something new and dedicating myself to something for a whole year is intimidating so I decided to challenge myself to a new challenge each month.
This month? I have joined Sweat Yogas 33-Day #SelflessSweat Challenge. This challenge is 28 classes & 28 acts of kindness in 33 days. Although I have been an avid yoga student, recently I have found yoga to be mentally challenging. Sitting in the stillness has been quite difficult.
It is hard to control the mind, manage stress and anxiety while keeping myself relaxed. As I move and flow through the physical postures my mind is quiet. However as I lay down and begin savasana, the chatter in my mind begins and the swirling of thoughts are difficult to tame. At these moments, I begin to breathe deeply and through my deeper inhalations and exhalations, thankfully I am able to relax and let go. I believe that yoga helps bring together my physical and mental disciplines to achieve that peaceful equilibrium of the body and mind so when I step outside of the studio I am able to simply maintain that throughout my day.
Now onto the Kindness aspect of the 33 day challenge. At the studio hangs a large poster of ideas for participants with actions like:
Say hi to a stranger
Buy the person behind you in lines coffee
Call up a relative and tell them you love them
Hold the door open
Recognize a colleague at work for their hard work
All of these simple gestures go a long way, and have made me realize the positivity that kindness can produce in our lives. And it is contagious. Doing good for others feels good! As humans we are made for love, for connection and for community. I believe that we are crafted for compassion and even further, wired for kindness. With all of the setbacks, obstacles, upsets, frustrations and difficulties going on hardened by pain and suffering we have gotten away from kindness.
So for the next month? I will be practicing kindness along with my yoga practice each day. What can you do? What sort of challenge can you commit to?