Guest Author - Tracy Webb
Welcome to the Yoga Site. Whether you are new to Yoga practices or a seasoned Yogi, I invite you to take part in the 30 day yoga challenge.
The 30 day yoga challenge is an open invitation to you to bring aspects of Yoga into your life; to see how you get on with it, and to bring about changes in your health and well-being. The challenge can be started at anytime, and you can gain support via the Yoga Forum.
The challenge is to start a routine that combines asana (exercises), pranayam (breathing exercises) and meditation for 30 days. You can do one a day, all three daily, or any other combination you feel drawn to.
There are no rules about the exercise you can do, or which pranayam or meditation you choose. It is down to you to decide. You can do 10 mins a day or an hour, whatever works best for you.
Examples Of Daily Routines
5 minutes alternate nostril breathing
10 minutes stretching Cat Cow, Salute To The Sun, Cobra, Spinal Twists etc
5 minutes meditation
1 hour meditation
Mindfulness throughout the day
5 to 10 minutes of gentle stretches
5 to 10 minutes of pranayam
½ hour meditation
Hour asana practice
10 minutes pranayam
10 minutes meditation
It does not necessarily matter what you do, its the fact that you are doing it that will bring the benefits. When you slow down your breathing and introduce meditation/mindfulness into your day you should notice some positive changes fairly quickly.
What You May Experience Through The Challenge
More able to cope
Reduction of aches and pains
Stronger and more flexible body
Breathing becomes deeper
Body functions become natural digestion, respiratory, endocrine etc
A clearer more focused mind
Increase in creativity
These are only a few of the states you may achieve throughout the challenge, and when you do anything for 30 days or so, it is more likely to become habitual. Once you start receiving benefits as above, you will realize how necessary such practices are to maintaining good health and well-being.
I would love to hear from you and welcome you to the 30 day challenge. Join us in the Yoga Forum for support, answers to questions and encouragement along the way.