Puruṣārtha - My Personal 10 Day Challenge

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Puruṣārtha

"For the purpose of the soul."

I've decided to take on a personal challenge.

For the next 10 days I will be taking at least 1 yoga class everyday. I will be recording how I feel

mentally and physically as well as the type of class taken :) Check back daily for updates!

Why Challenge myself:

I hear MyKickAssCoach in my head everyday -

"In order to grow, push yourself outside of your comfort zone and watch it expand."

On average I lift weights (mostly HIIT in combination with cardio) 5-6 days every week... That amount of work requires and intense amount of self-care with static and dynamic stretching, foam rolling, massage and the occasional visit to the chiropractor. However, even with that knowledge, its a rare occasion that I actually do a necessary amount of any of those. I woke up yesterday and was so uncomfortable. My neck, back... even the arches of my feet, forearms and wrist were tight and painful. Enough is enough! It took a good 20 minutes of warmup and stretch before I could get into my workout (Shoulders and abs). I want to have the ability to do my workouts safely and effectively so I've decided to really take the initiative to stretch several times throughout the day. So why not add yoga to me regimen??

 

Why do Yoga?

Yoga has been around for centuries and close to 11 million Americans currently practice some form of westernized yoga. These practices can increase flexibility, strength, posture and balance. All of which we need to work on as we get older in combination with strength and resistance training to fight muscle loss and muscle imbalances. In addition, the mental control and personal growth I've discovered in my practice has been life-changing.

 

I have been practicing yoga for several years now off and on. And while I understand its benefits and love how I feel when I take the time to meditate and challenge myself in the classes, Yoga and all of its benefits sit on the back burner when it comes to my personal fitness goals. It has been there on low until last weekend when I took a Power Flow class with my sister at Urban Yoga in Downtown Phoenix. The class was the most beautiful 90 minutes I've had in a very long time. I literally had tears dripping onto my mat while I found rest in 'Childs pose' towards the end of class. It was an intense class as far as strength, flexibility, control and balance are concerned, but it was the presence of like-minded individuals coming together as one that truly tugged on my heart strings. The instructor structured the class conversation around the Four Vedas - The oldest scriptures of Hinduism: Darma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Values upon which I have been interested in studying for a couple of years now.

No time like the present! I am excited to see how this challenge will help me grow mentally, spiritually and physically.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about yoga!

 

Click the links below to read my day by day story:

Recipes will be new every day for 10 DAYS!

Day One : I am enlightened.

Day Two : Yoga is HARD.

Day Three : I am my word.

Day Four : Finding Balance.

Day Five : Looking Inward.