I am a solid 40 days into my 100-Day Challenge. Today’s class will be Day-41. I haven’t gone much past 40-ish days since doing my 66-Day challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing what this all brings.
But for now, I would like to comment on what all this yoga seems to be doing for me. Yes, I’ve gone 40-days in a row, but I’ve also just been going to class most days for almost a year now. And I have to say, I have noticed some improvements on and off the mat. These include:
- My stupid triangle is getting better. Unfortunately, this means I have to hold it longer because I can. I am not yet consistent in my triangle, but I can tell that I am improving in terms of being able to sit my hips down lower and hold it longer.
- I am getting good at evaluating why I want to come out of a posture and considering if it’s a good idea or not. For example, if I get a cramp then yes, that’s a time to come out of a posture. But what if I am just uncomfortable? Not uncomfortable in a bad way (physically) but in a mental one? Do I really need to come out of a posture because I don’t like the way I mentally or emotionally feel? No, I don’t. I can stay. When my brain tells me to come out of a posture I rarely pop right out. I ask myself why and do a quick scan. Usually I end up staying.
- I am improving at not reacting. I am OK with just sitting with something. Case in point – I recently found myself upset. I acknowledged I was upset, but I wasn’t ready to respond to the situation. I realized I needed to sit with it all for the rest of the day – maybe even two! – before I would be ready to do something. I am getting better at sitting with my feelings be they happy, sad, angry, whatever, and letting them be. I don’t try to change them or prolong them. I attribute this to my ability to start evaluating – and not react – to my need/desire to come out of postures.
Overall, I’m very pleased with how things are going. I would like to stress that I don’t think it’s this specific challenge or that I’ve done 40-Days again that have gotten me here. It’s everything combined from the moment I first started practicing. Everything comes together in it’s own way at it’s own time.