"Don't practice yoga to get better at yoga; practice yoga to get better at living."
This month, I embarked on a challenge for CorePower where I would attend 20 classes within 30 days. I've almost reached my goal, but with 7 classes left, time is rapidly approaching January 31st. I decided to do this challenge for two reasons 1) to commit early-on to goals that I set for myself. And, 2) I see January as a foreshadow for how the rest of the year is going to play out. I wanted to start out strong by assessing where I am in my practice, in life, and where I see the journey going from here.
As I had mentioned before, 2017 was a mega year of change for me. And, it all began with my practice. I looked inwards to figure out what would really help me adapt to all these moving parts that I called my life. I started yoga at first to reset my mind in order to get ready for the next challenges or opportunities that would follow the next day. While of course that helped me, I realized that my practice was so much more than just practicing. CorePower gave me the tools of change through my C2 and Sculpt classes, and I hadn't realized it up until these past 24 days. Reflecting upon my year, and setting myself up to start 2018 on a high I started to become more mindful towards the different tools I was gaining: learning from mistakes, taking on adversity with my breath, allowing myself to be vulnerable in my writing and what I share with all of you, loving my friends and family ever so deeply, and most importantly (in my case) patience. We live in a world where we want instant gratification and success, and that's just not how the world works (for most). You can't go from picking up a baseball bat to winning the World Series overnight.
Patience. I've learned patience, strength, and authenticity come hand-in-hand. I've learned that there are still some poses that I cannot do, but over time I will. There are goals that I want to reach, and over time I will. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes strength to continue when that double black diamond is taunting you. And, it takes some internal reflection to own your truths-- being authentic to yourself. Your goals. Your dreams. Your internal voice.
So I encourage you to internalize a bit. Who are you? Who do you want to be? Live your own truths because no one else can tell you who you are, where you're going, and how you're feeling on this journey we call life.