In October, I took on a yoga challenge–30 CorePower Yoga classes in 40 days. Long story short? Success! I finished my 30th class on November 22, the very last day of the challenge … right on time ;)
With my trips to San Francisco and Florida for the NWM and Wine and Dine Half, I found myself often having to do “double duty” in order to get the classes in. And over the 40 days, I can only delve into a glimpse of what my practice provided me. Yoga has been a daily practice for a while now, so the frequency of my classes was not a change. What I was able to do was use this opportunity to shift my focus and perspective. New instructors, new classes. I found myself using the challenge as an opportunity to stray away from what was comfortable and take classes from instructors I had never taken before. Needless to say, it was helpful–there were definitely teachers I found I liked …. aaaand some I did not connect with. With regard to classes, I found myself loving CorePower’s restorative (yin yoga) classes. Overall, my practice deepened, both physically and mentally, and I felt further strength in my body and in my presence.
Nevertheless, I did find it challenging sometimes to go to class. With running and yoga, rest was something I simply wanted. Now don’t deny that you don’t love snuggling under a blanket on the couch with chocolate to watch your favorite television show (mine right now? Revenge. I cannot stay away!). But I found the strength to get up and go to class, and of course, never regretted stepping onto my might.
Last Saturday, I headed off to the La Mesa studio for a special “celebration class” for all those who completed the challenge, taught by Emma. Emma began class by asking, what if every day was a celebration of your life? Well, geez. Shouldn’t that be the truth, anyway? Shouldn’t we celebrate the fact that we are alive every single day that we are alive? Think about our birthdays. Birthdays are celebrations. We spend the day with our families, friends, going to places we love, reserving the day for ourselves. Every day should be like this. Now I am not saying that we should spend every day taking the day off work, going out to eat at our favorite restaurant, whatever. But it’s the mindset. Celebrate you. Celebrate your life. Looking back at the challenge, I realized that making time for your yoga practice is exactly this! Each time we step onto our mats, we celebrate life. If you remember way back when, I wrote about how the biggest takeaway I have received from yoga is about breath. Breath is everything. Without it, we would not be alive. And since yoga is a breathing practice, each time we practice, we cultivate that breath and cultivate that life within us.
“In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day – or to celebrate each special day.” – Rasheet Ogunlaru