Showing up to your mat every day for 30 straight days is a HUGE commitment. Since it’s going to be a bit of a roller coaster, we’ve put together these eight great tips to help you set up a successful and amazing challenge:
1. Schedule your classes. Reserve classes on your mobile app, pencil them into your calendar, add reminders on your iPhone. Planning out when you’re going to take class and actually writing it down makes it a real thing. That’ll make a big difference on days when you’re struggling to figure out when you’re going to get in for class.
2. Find a buddy. Enlisting someone to go along on this journey with you will set you up with a support system that’ll come in handy when you just aren’t feeling it. And it’s always good to have someone there to keep you accountable.
3. Choose a pose to work on. Creating a challenge within the challenge will give you something to focus on and could help keep things interesting. Tree pose, Warrior II, Savasana — whatever you choose will help you stave off the boredom that can sometimes settle in when you do something every day.
4. Eat well and get plenty of rest. Your body will love you for taking care of it by eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep as you embark on a daily practice. A healthy whole diet can reduce inflammation in the tissues, making them pliable, strong, and resilient.
5. Be kind to your body and your self. If you’re feeling tired, modify your practice, take it super easy in class, or take a restorative yin class. If you falter and miss a day, let it go and hold off on judging or punishing yourself. Move on and take it one day at a time.
6. Child’s pose is your best friend. Knees together, or knees apart. Hands above your head, or hand along your sides. Whichever you choose to do, do it with purpose. Let your heart gently melt into the mat. Steady your breath and get re-connected to why you are in class in the first place.
7. Embrace the Sangha! Sangha, or community, is one of the most integral parts of the challenge experience. Notice how a natural community forms as you see familiar faces day in and day out. Share your successes and breakdowns with each other. Everybody in class is there for the same reasons you are, and having the support of those around you will keep you motivated and feeling strong.
8. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We can’t stress this one enough. Drink water throughout the entire day before and after practice. Keep yourself well-hydrated and see just how much of a difference that makes. Trust us, you’re going to feel it!