Part 1: The physical aspect of change
In the beginning of this 30 day challenge, I shared my goals.
I said, “I would concentrate on two aspects of my yoga practice; 1)consistently using breath to move me into, through, and out of each posture and 2) exercise acceptance and curiosity in each pose, in any given moment.”
I posted photos of the poses ( the photos above inside the studio) I was choosing to use to monitor my progress.
Due to the pain I felt in my shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, my mobility was limited.
Because I excercised acceptance and curiosity, I found where I held my breath, and created resistance in certain postures. This resistance generated muscle tension and strain.
Being committed everyday has helped me to improve my overall focus and flexibility, as well as altering the depth of my stretch in the postures.
I have also notice, the level of pain in my hips, knees, elbows and shoulders is almost non-existent.
In Part 2, I will share with you the non-physical affects I have notice as a result of this challenge.
A Commitment to anything is not always easy.
Commitment demands you exercise self-control.
It forces you to stretch outside your comfort zone, and compels you to relinquish old habits.
It plants seeds of awareness. and sheds light on the areas of your life that are ready to grow.
Before I made a commitment to my 30-Day Challenge, I was filling in all the dead spaces with wishes and desires for change. Yet, wishes and desires didn’t create change, commitment to action did. Action gives birth to transcendence.
Don’t take for granted the devotion you have given to your call to action.
You are where you are today because of a promise you made to yourself.
Give affectionate reverence to the one person who is showing up…YOU!
You must take inventory of where you are, to know where you want to be.
If you wish to join me, where are you?
As we age, its more important than ever before to get up and move the body.
If your work keeps your tushy in a chair, like mine, you will notice how achy, stiff and sore your body gets when you don’t incorporate movement in your daily routine.
The areas that are currently grabbing my attention are my shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.
Since our body works synergistically from head to toe, all movement will reap benefits, except the ones that cause you pain. Be mindful and don’t go where your body is not ready to go.
I am focusing on just a few postures for the purpose of monitoring change. I have chosen some basic yoga poses, demonstrating that change doesn’t have to be complicated or extravagant. I am including one advance pose just to see if I can master it.
Half moon pose ( left side view)
Shalabhasana, Locust Pose
Standing Forwars Bend
Half moon Pose (front view right)
Half moon pose (right side view)
Half moon Pose (front view left)
Standing Seperate Leg Stretching Pose
Flying Pidgeon Pose
Standing Forward Bend
You can read my post on Dec. 31st. (A New Resolution) explaining my challenge.