‘Challenge yogahaven!’ One month of bendy bliss! Here’s how to do it…
Next month, the 31 day yoga challenge will commence at yogahaven. A test of dedication, patience and endurance, it is also, and perhaps more importantly, an opportunity for spiritual growth, mindfulness and self-love. Last year, over sixty people across the London studios took part, and Islington saw Sally White complete all 30 days and win the grand prize!
If you have never embarked upon a 31 day yoga challenge, you may be wondering what one is, what it takes, and why one would ever do…one? Quite simply, the challenge comprises thirty consecutive days of yoga class attendance – not thirty classes but thirty days. Throughout May, making time for class each day should be not a chore but a source of joy and excitement. What’s more, there’s a pretty sweet prize to be won (see in studio for details).
Here are some tips and tricks to get you through:
- Stay hydrated! Sip water regularly throughout your day and up this to about a litre 2-3 hours before coming class. Chugging down a litre of water just before or during class is not nearly as affective and may make you feel a bit nauseous as you move about.
- Set a focus or intention for the month. As you do at the beginning of each class, do at the beginning of the challenge so that you have something to work towards and keep coming back to whenever your confidence or strength may waiver.
- Pace yourself. Slow and steady wins the race. Full of zest and raring to go, you may feel like doing four hot classes in a row that first week and while this enthusiasm is wonderful, it may not be sustainable. Listen to your body. Listen to your body (so important we say it twice). If you start to wobble after half an hour in the room, it’s ok. Rest in savasana (corpse pose) or balanasa (child’s pose) until you feel ready to resume the class.
- Plan your outfits! Don’t get caught with your pants… without your pants!
- Stay mindful, live consciously. Rushing through your day, yelling at the guy in the coffee shop, cursing at other drivers, mentally walking through your sweet revenge on the person who walked so slowly in front of you that you missed the tube even though there’s one in, like, another sixty seconds (wait, just me?), and then coming to a yoga class is not what the practice of yoga is about. Yoga is a spiritual, mental and physical discipline that goes far beyond the postures you do in the room.
- Be kind to yourself; it’s not a competition. Well it is, but not in a Battle Royale-style death match sort of way! Don’t beat yourself (or anyone else) up if you do miss a day, or don’t have a great class.
And last but not least:
So go easy on yourself, live mindfully, stay hydrated and HAVE FUN. That hour or two you dedicate to yourself (or to someone else) each day will teach you so much.
Sign up at your preferred yogahaven studio.
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