It’s the exciting time of year again at Live Yoga where we offer our annual May Challenge! This is always a fun month for the studio as there is opportunity to support and encourage each other’s yoga practice in a totally different way. This is no fitness regimen or boot camp style challenge! We would like to encourage people to explore some other yoga practices like pranayama (breathing), meditation and study some philosophy. All that is needed is a smile and commitment to complete 28 practices (of all sorts) in the month of May.
Here are the top 5 reasons YOU should do the Challenge!
1. Setting a goal boosts confidence:
The sense of accomplishment we feel when we achieve a goal helps to build courage and confidence to complete other goals. Setting our mind to something with vigor and determination helps to manifest our goals into reality. We then become masterful at making our thoughts and goals a reality all around.
2. Fire up your body:
Spring time is a great time of year to get the systems of the body moving again. Yoga and exercise in general can help to remove some of the stagnation and lethargy left behind from the winter months. Even on a digestive level, exercise promotes the assimilation of food and helps bring a strong hunger and digestive fire back. All this movement ensures all systems of the body will be in proper working order and ready for the summer.
3. Surprise Yourself:
Often there is a latent potential the lies hidden within us. Whether held back by fear, worry, or doubt we can perceive ourselves unfit for some activities. By committing to a yoga challenge, the body learns quickly and builds strength in the postures through repetition. This can allow the physical limits of our practice to be tested and expanded. The results usually surprise us as we might find ourselves doing more than we imagined. So maybe try a flow class, or hold your warrior pose longer, who knows maybe you’ll be doing headstands by the end of the month!
4. Find a routine:
Get your groove back and practice daily. When the body finds a routine and sticks to it, vitality flourishes. Participating in a challenge can be strenuous so the body requires the proper amount of rest everyday. Getting up each day at the same time, and going to sleep at the same time allows the body to rest fully. Practicing this much yoga often brings awareness back to the natural rhythms of the body and our environment. We feel the natural urges of the body with heightened awareness and as a side effect we eat when hungry (not mindless snacking) and sleep when tired. With routine we re-sync ourselves with nature and our natural urges this connection encourages wellness, balance and nourishment.
5. Connect with others:
A yoga challenge puts you in the same room with a whole bunch of awesome, like-minded individuals! As everyone is be facing the same challenges there is an instant bond and relation – you will make friends! You can share experiences and offer advice on how to accomplish your yoga challenge. Easily the best part of the yoga challenge is doing it with others. Much joy comes from connecting with people during the challenge becoming part of something greater than just fellow yoga students. It's an enriching experience!
Whatever your reasons for doing the May Challenge! Have a great month yogis!! More info here on joining the challenge. Register now and see what all the fuss is about!