6 Things I Learned from a 30 Day Yoga Challenge

“Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.”

 

I remember my first yoga class in Asia. I was in Bali and was seriously needing some inspiration, guidance and clarity. I won’t be the first traveler to tell you that full-time travel isn’t always a dream come true, but hell the valleys make us stronger.

For me, Bali was a magical turning point. It gave me so much peace and truth.

I was in Ubud (and yes I did watch Eat, Pray, Love for the 150th time while there) and ended up staying way longer than expected. I love meeting people and finding places that have such an impact on my soul that my plans change. Such is the story of life, am I right?

I remember so vividly a beautiful balinese friend I met there told me something that would forever be stuck in my mind. “But Jordan why are you so stressed? You have two arms, two legs, you can see, hear, eat, breathe and walk. You have friends and people who love you. You have everything you need.” 

The Balinese people have souls of gold. They are optimistic,  gracious, and genuine. So much of their culture is centered around the beautiful practice of yoga. After class one, I was hooked. I loved everything about the practice and my curious heart longed to learn and practice more.

As the months went on, I began to incorporate the practice into my life more and more. In January, I completed 30 classes in 30 days. Below are the 6 things I took with me from the challenge!

 

You can do anything you set your mind to

But really, you can. All dreams and goals are achievable. Make a plan, envision your self accomplishing your vision (literally picture yourself), and celebrate each small victory along the way. I think the latter is the most important because I don’t believe we give ourselves enough credit. Take the journey in along the way, because eventually you’ll look back in the rear view mirror and realize you accomplished your goal.

Make time for the things you love

There is the same amount of hours, minutes and seconds in each day. If something makes you happy, if it makes you learn, and most importantly, if you love it- do it. Prioritize, schedule and/or do what you have to do to surround yourself with the things that matter most in your life.

 

We can do anything we set our minds to (#1), but we can’t do it all at once

I am the definition of guilty when it comes to this. Good things take time. Some goals take immense hard work and dedication. Everything you want in this life is achievable, just remember to always be patient with yourself. Soak in all of the learning and the achievements and know that eventually you’ll  be looking in the rearview mirror saying “I did it.”

Let it go

The stress. The frustration. The anger. Let it all go, even if you don’t want too. Leave it at the door. This challenge quite literally taught me to breathe through the pain, the frustration, and the stress. So many of these feelings are self-induced and cause a blindness that makes us stray from our best selves. Breathe, come back to your core and move on.

It can wait

My yoga studio has a sign outside of the studio that says “it can wait”. Whatever we have going on in our life in that exact moment will be waiting for you in a short 60 minutes. Get out of your head, get out of your mind (and no I do not mean the same thing as Lil Jon), and allow yourself the opportunity to have a moment with yourself.

Be present

When I first started the practice, I found it impossible that people could quite literally be in the moment of life. Not thinking, not worrying, just being. Then I read Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now and I was really struggling to understand. This was until one of my instructors said to honor each moment that you find a pause in your brain, that’s meditation.

I’ll compare this to a car ride when you recognize that you don’t remember going from point A to B. You’re just in the moment living and doing and being present. (side note: I don’t suggest trying meditation out behind the wheel), you get the point.

“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.” Genius.

 

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