January 15th marked the beginning of our 2nd Winter Challenge at Greenville Yoga. Last year the goal was set the same for everyone- three classes per week or more for three months. This year we wanted to host an opportunity for everyone to get his or her name on the board for challenging themselves personally. It has been so cool to see students who are challenging themselves to an in-studio practice twice per week or to see our regular students challenge themselves to 2 in-studio practices and two home practices. There really has been something for everyone in this challenge.
Having said that, this Winter Challenge has brought about some challenges for me. The first week of the challenge our family was hit with the flu. This flu lingers and hangs on for dear life leaving you with fatigue for a good two weeks. There was no way I could make it to anyone’s class. Meditation and Yin Yoga was the extent of what I could do. We took a family trip to Disney (our Christmas present to the kids). Then we were hit with ice. (I have to mention here that two students who are neighbors got together during the ice event and practiced yoga. They even sent me pictures. Now those are some dedicated students.) Needless to say it was January 31 and I had no stickers on the board! Part of me wanted to give up and opt out, but I realized I can’t ask anything from each of you that I am unwilling to do myself.
At first I felt a bit defeated and “behind.” Then I reminded myself of my intention for the year of graceful acceptance and I began to shift the start of the new year in my mind. January was not the norm around here. I made a conscious decision to begin this year February 1st. My challenge, my new year’s resolutions, all of it began February 1st.
My personal challenge this year was two classes per week in studio, practicing with each teacher at least one time throughout the challenge. Knowing I started late, I needed to make up for lost time. I need to make it to 4 classes the first two weeks and then I will be back on track for 2 classes per week.
It feels good to be back on track and to be working toward a goal. It feels good to take classes from our teachers (who are so wonderful) and to feel my body move in a way I wouldn’t necessarily make it move. It feels good to practice my intention of graceful acceptance. It feels good to be part of this Winter Challenge- challenges and all!
What is your Winter Challenge story? I would love to read it and share your story here. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you care to share.
With love and gratitude for such an inspirational community! <3