Ok, so it’s been a while since I checked in on your progress this March. And, believe it or not, today is the last day of the March Meditation Challenge!
It has been 31 days since I proposed this mental and physical assignment, and now it’s time to see how you did…
Personally, I can’t believe that I managed to do some form of yoga every day this month, and I sincerely hope that some of you had similar success. Over the past 4 weeks I practiced both many old and new poses, strengthening and lengthening my muscles. I am hesitant to say that I mastered any moves, as I believe yoga poses aren’t meant to be mastered. In a sense, they will always present some new challenge depending on the day, mental state and current emotions. However, I have become much more comfortable with many twists that I once found inaccessible, and I can more easily transition into binds I was not able to reach last month. Not to mention that head stands are something I just do for fun now.
And while it will continue to be a challenge each session to leave the humming of the day off of my mat, I have started to ground my mind more solidly to my practice. I even find myself turning to oujai breath when I get overwhelmed or anxious throughout the day. And when I really need to transport myself to the peace of my mat during the middle of the day, I will listen to some calming yogi music.
Whether you were able to keep up with a whole month of yoga, or simply had a chance to spend some time with yourself, reflecting and strengthening your inner-you, I want to say congrats! It’s not always easy to shut out the distractions of the every day, or to listen to how you are feeling at exactly one moment in time. And, I hope you have found some new strength, both mentally and physically, to continue this practice as you see fit.
My challenge does not stop with the end of March. If you wish to join me, I will be continuing my daily yoga practice, incorporating poses, stretching and meditation into my daily routine.
Here are a few yoga related links to keep you, or get you back, in the yoga mood: