Hit a slump in your yoga challenge? Our Yoga Manager Michelle Jennings helps you push past the halfway mark.
You are now at the halfway point of your Yoga Challenge. Now is the time to check in with yourself. Does your yoga practice feel like it’s becoming a habit? How are you feeling physically and emotionally?
During any challenge there’s inevitably a time when you experience a slump. If you’re anything like me, you’ll feel super motivated to start, then the initial excitement wears off and you begin to feel resistance or fatigue.
This is the time when we ask the important question – Why? Why did you decide to do the challenge? Why do you want to increase your practice? What do you want to achieve? How do you want to feel?
Why did I decide to challenge myself?
I decided to increase my yoga practice because I wanted to feel energised, inspired and strong. Attending a yoga class every day gives me a sense of purpose and helps me deal with stress.
But like some of you, I’m sure, this past week my commitment has lagged! I have felt fatigued, and instead of prioritising yoga, I’ve found myself prioritising other things.
Does this mean it’s time to give up and return to the old ways of life? Or is this the perfect opportunity to embrace the growth that comes from discomfort and remember your why?
This is the Time to Keep Going
Buddha says “growth is painful, change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”
These roadblocks are referred to as “antarayas” in yoga sutras. And if Pantanjali recognised slumps as a natural part of any yoga practice, you can then accept them in yourself. You can recognise that this slump (or any challenge) is temporary and it’s this awareness of yourself that yoga is teaching you.
Contemplate Your Why
Take some time to sit in quiet contemplation and reflect on your why. Reflect on how you felt physically and emotionally through the first part of the challenge. Bring some conscious awareness to what you observe and make a choice – you can either choose to beat yourself up for letting your new yoga habit temporarily slide, or you could practice compassion and patience with yourself.
Life isn’t about being perfect. It’s about practicing awareness so you can identify when you deviate from your path and then return to the habits that will give you the life you that you want.
Keep going! You’re almost there!
“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power” – Lao Tzu