Hi there! So today is the 8th day of the New Year and here is a list of where I have been ever since. As you can see, I’m obviously a power-yoga addict, but someday I want to teach power yoga, so I must continue working on it until I can afford Level One training. My goal is to do the Sedona, AZ Baron Baptiste training this year.. Hopefully with tax returns and everything else that I’ve saved, I can afford it by then, but we shall see.
My Month so Far:
- Jan 1: Power Yoga
- Jan 2: Power Yoga
- Jan 3: Power Yoga
- Jan 4: Power Yoga
- Jan 5: Nada
- Jan 6: Restorative Yoga & Power Yoga
- Jan 7: Power Yoga
- Jan 8: Spin Class, Zumba Class, Power Yoga & Restorative Yoga
This morning I started off in shavasana doing a 5-minute meditation through the Baron Baptiste Digital40Challenge and then got a spin class in. An hour later I did Zumba. It was amazing to get 2 hours of cardio in today because I really haven’t stepped foot in the gym more than a handful of times within the past month. It was challenging. I feel that if I were more consistent with the cardio I used to involve in, my yoga “body changes” would start to pay off. Right now yoga is building strength, but I feel I can get my body into better shape by keeping up on cardio, which I’ve been lacking.
With every goal, this requires consistent dedication. My goal is to complete my 40-day yoga challenge, as well as save for yoga school. So how do you stay dedicated through a month long, or a year long challenge? Here are a few tips to help you stay on the right path.
- Take 100% Responsibility: take responsibility for your life. You are one person of 6 million+ people. What do you have to show for your life? What do you want from life? What is your passion and the reason you were placed on this earth? That is up to you to figure out and no one else’s. You are in charge of everything you want in life. Anything you want can be yours once you forget what everyone has, what everyone else expects, and what you think you’re supposed to have. Write a list of what you want and go after it. This life is not anyone else’s but your own. Make it however you want it to be.
- Small Steps: take small steps. When you overwork yourself, you lose “balance” which is the only thing to strive for in life. Make small changes that you can maintain without burning out. Don’t overwork yourself or make yourself feel pressure. A small step a day, eventually creates a BIG result worth striving for.
- Eliminate your setbacks: Setbacks come in all shapes and forms…lets see….I see setbacks as negative people, unmotivated friends or family, unhealthy relationships, unhealthy binge drinking, unhealthy food, overspending money you don’t have, working too much, working too little, not drinking water….basically anything in your life ball-and-chaining you to who you were yesterday. Today is a new day, it’s a new year, learn to cut out the bad habits and bad influences.
- Think Constructively: every goal needs a plan. Plan your days and weeks to lead you to the path of your passions. Write down what is important and do small things everyday that line up with those goals. Learn to become optimistic. Our thoughts are powerful and create the life we have. Think constructively and positively that you can accomplish what you want and in time, everything will improve.
- Learn Self-Love: you must love yourself. Accept who you are today. You cannot love others without love for yourself. Through all my days of yoga I stopped being the perfectionist crazy person that I was. With yoga, I see myself for who I am. I don’t see someone that needs to be “worked on” like I used to. I see myself as someone who no matter how good or bad my life is, however large I think my thighs are, that is me and that is perfect enough. With consistent time on my mat every day, I work on myself. I work on who I am and what I want to become. I don’t care how much I weight or what my fat percentage is or however much I sweat. I get there. Do the work….and I am happy with myself.