If you study with me, you know that I hold "challenges" several times a year. These challenges are usually for one month and can be anything from meditating daily for a specific amount of time to getting your practice in everyday for a month. Sometimes dietary changes are added in and sometimes I'll actually do online videos where I am teaching the sequences. The point is always to motivate you to make a commitment to whatever it is we're doing and to be your cheerleader. This month I decided to do something based on a study that I recently read here. In the study, 79 participants performed 24 sun salutations 6 days of the week for a total of 24 weeks. The results proved that this simple sequence practiced on a regular basis improved overall strength in the body, along with general endurance. I, personally, love *Surya Namaskar. It's my favorite thing to do when I'm in a rush and need to move my body. I also love holding Malas at the change of every season. This is quite more challenging; 108 Sun Salutations. Unfortunately, I stopped teaching them last year because too many people were aching, sometimes for days after, because they would push themselves too hard and not take enough rests during the 108. I save these now for my own intention setting process a few times a year, as my body can handle 108 as long as I'm not doing it everyday.
Anyway, I digress. Back to our challenge, or Commitment, this month. I thought this would be a great way to motivate people to get on their mats, even if it were for just a few minutes a day. I believe that with consistency, you will build strength and one sun salutation will become two and five sun salutations will become ten and then, maybe you'll even get to twenty-something. But just simply doing one is more than you not getting on your mat at all. So I welcome everyone to join in this month and if you're just finding out about it after we've started, join anyway. It's never too late to commit to your practice.
*If you don't have a foundation, my YouTube channel has every posture outlined in its own video and all brought together in the full Surya Namaska A (Basic Sun Salutation) explained. Just watch all of the Yoga 101 vidoes. For those that have a practice, but need a bit of guidance, here's a sample of four guided Sun Salutations that can help you to begin. We end in Mountain Pose, where you can keep going when the video has ended.