30 day challenge: top tips

By 13 September 2016News
30 day yoga challenge: calendar

Whether you hit the studio a couple of times a month, or religiously do three classes a week, the 30 day challenge is going to be tough, no two ways about it, but it’s absolutely worth the commitment.  You will be fitter, more focused, calmer, stronger, more flexible, and quite rightly mightily proud of yourself.

Making it through the 30 days with grace…

  • The 30 day challenge is an intensive course in your own body. Listen to it. You don’t need to go all out in every class, if that’s not what you can do today. Turn up, breathe and be in the studio.
  • Master your ‘monkey mind’ , the voice that tells you it is too hard, that you can’t do it, that you should just give up. It’s not too hard, of course you can do it, so be the master of your mind and make it work for you, instead of letting it knock you down.
  • Look after yourself outside the studio. Water, water, water, bananas, protein, sleep. You are an athlete for 30 days!
  • And if you don’t believe us, here’s the skinny from a couple of members who have already done it.

Katie Smith wrote:

“Making and finding time is the main part of the challenge! I just looked at it from the perspective that I was finding 90 minutes in the day to focus on myself.

Naively I thought I would suddenly see loads of improvement in my practice after a week, I mean I was going every day! But I realised that it was the tiny improvements that build up over time that made the biggest difference; like hooking my right foot behind my left calf in Eagle without falling over felt like a breakthrough moment.

The third week was the hardest for me. I felt quite stiff and inflexible when I went into week 3 but I realised that I didn’t need to push myself hard every class, and I learnt to listen to what my body was telling me it would do today, and what it wouldn’t!

Sometimes the classes I wanted to go to the least ended up being the ones I enjoyed the most. It sounds daft, but I often found the most benefits from my practice, or improvements, on the days when I felt like I would much rather just go home and have a large glass of wine after a particularly stressful day at work.

As someone prone to anxiety, by far the biggest benefit for me committing to practicing yoga every day was how I felt mentally and emotionally. It gave me a sense of calm and positivity, as well as accomplishment, by allowing myself the time to focus solely on me, my practice and my meditation.”

And Katie Brown wrote:

“I really enjoyed the 30 day challenge but it was definitely challenging! At times I found it difficult to make sure I was getting enough liquids and rest in between consecutive classes. Since finishing the challenge I have noticed a big improve in my yoga practice, particularly with my alignment, and my upper body strength has drastically improved!”

You heard it. It’s worth it. See you on the mat!