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It has been more than six years since I first started yoga. I have experienced a lot of physical and mental changes since then. While there are still many aspects with vast spaces for improvement, I know I have progressed. Yoga has always been more than just an exercise for me. It's a life style and a philosophy of life, but I have never really made a serious commitment to it. That's why I decided to do a 30-day challenge. What is the 30-day challenge? Well, you set your own span of time, for instance 15 mins, 30 mins, or 1 hour..., and practice yoga every day for at least that set amount of time for 30 consecutive days. The trick to making it possible, is to go a bit beyond your limit, within reason. At first I thought 15 mins was all I was up for. Then, I realised that it was not enough to 'feel' anything. I didn't want to feel too pressured, either, so I extended the time to 30 mins each day. Of course, having classes twice a week helped make it easier, since during those days, I didn't have to wake up half an hour earlier for yoga. These are the bits and pieces of thoughts, reflections, revelations, whatever you'd like to call them, I shared on Facebook as I progressed along the 30 days. I am not trying to show off how determined I am, or promulgate to the world how much I love yoga. It's just that being an ordinary person, we all need a bit of pressure, but not too much, to push ourselves in order to progress. Under the witness of friends, I am more determined to see its completion, than if I were to do it all on my own - because you know at least a few friends are waiting for that progress report!

距離第一次練瑜珈已經超過六年了。這段期間我感受到了瑜珈帶給我身心上的改變。雖然我仍然有很多需要再更加進步的地方,但至少我知道我進步了。瑜珈對我來說不只是運動。他是一種生活習慣,也是一種生活哲學。但至今我卻一直沒有很認真的奉獻什麼。所以我才會想到來讓自己完成一個月的瑜珈挑戰。這挑戰是什麼?其實很簡單。自己訂下一個時間,然後連續三十天每天都要練至少這段時間。無論是十五分鐘、三十分鐘、或一個小時都行。訣竅在於要設立一個高於自己極限的一點點,才能稱得上是挑戰。但又不能太過誇張。因此一開始我設立十五分鐘。但實際練下來我發現十五分鐘根本連暖身都不夠。基於我還是不想讓自己有太多的壓力之下,因此我把時間延長到三十分鐘。當然,一周兩次的上課也讓我可以比較輕鬆地完成這個挑戰。上課的這幾天我就不用提早半小時起床練瑜珈。以下是我這三十天來的感想。原本是全部貼在FB上與親友分享,現在把它整理出來,為了留給自己一個紀錄。這不是在展現我自己有多愛瑜珈,只是我也是一般人。是人都愛面子。所以我給了我自己這樣的面子壓力,因為我知道有幾個朋友會每天等待我發出當天的感想。這也成了我完成挑戰的動力。

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