21 Day Meditation Challenge: Creating Abundance

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So, I’ve decided to give Deepak Chopra‘s 21 Day Meditation Challenge another go. The theme for November will be Creating Abundance. Since the DJ and I are trying to buy a house in the near future, we could definitely use some abundance! I’m curious to see if that’ll work… ūüėČ

 

Register for the all new 21 Day Meditation Challenge with Deepak Chopra: Creating Abundance

 

Since last meditation challenge didn’t end very well (after one week of meditating every day it ended with a lot of email updates that I didn’t follow up), I am hereby trying again. I now know what to expect (10 minutes of meditation a day) I hope this time I’ll be more prepared.

Anyone who wants to join me on this one? This challenge will start on Monday November 5th. Let me know if you’ll be joining in the comments below! As always with these meditation challenges, you can register and participate for free.

21-Day Meditation Challenge

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Deepak Chopra 21-Day Meditation Challenge

After finishing last month’s challenge¬†I’ve been searching the web for a new one. I got inspired by the yoga classes I went to and all the information I found online, so I decided to give the Chopra Center 21-Day Meditation Challenge a try. Research tells us it takes exactly 21 days to create a new habit. And since I’ve always wanted to make meditation part of my everyday life (and not as a once-in-a-while-but-actually-never-make-time-for-it-practice), I think this challenge is perfect for me.

This challenge will start next Monday, July 16th. If there’s anyone out there who would like to¬†join me, please sign up here¬†for daily support and guidance (did I mention it’s FREE?).¬†I will be posting updates about my progress (or lack of it). I would love to hear from you guys in the comments below. Who’s doing this with me?

June Yoga Challenge Final Recap

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June Yoga Challenge

Time flies! And I have to make a little confession.

The facts:

I have to be honest with you. I wish I could give you a neat little list with all the different kinds of yoga I have been trying this week. But I haven’t done any yoga since last my last post.¬†I feel slightly embarrassed to admit this, but since I’m letting you in on my life, and I promised you to keep you updated about this month’s challenge, I’m letting you know: I have been lazy.

Some inspiration/information:


My thoughts:

Of course I cannot give you any thoughts on yoga I didn’t do. But since I have been trying out all sorts of classes these last few weeks I can give you some information about the different kinds of yoga I encountered.

First let me tell that before starting this challenge I already went to a few yoga classes:

  • Some kind of regular yoga. This yoga probably had a name, but I cannot remember what it was. It was a long time ago and one thing I do remember is the fact that our teacher was a bit off and I found the class incredibly boring. As you can imagine, this was a one-time class.
  • Ashtanga Yoga (did this on a regular basis at my gym a few years ago): I loved this form of yoga. I like to feel like I’m working out, and ashtanga definitely made my muscles burn!
  • Iyengar Yoga: I did this when I was too tired to do ashtanga. With iyengar we used props like belts, blankets and foam blocks to make sure we performed our asanas correctly.

The last few weeks, even though this week wasn’t very productive, I felt like a girl on a mission. I started with a lot of questions. What will be in it for me? What will be hard? What kind of yoga would be my favorite? And the most important question: will I keep it up after the challenge.

I tried different forms of yoga as well as different studios and different teachers:

  • Hatha Yoga: Not as intense as ashtanga, but at the same time not at all boring. It’s perfect to add to a medium-high workout schedule.
  • Power Yoga: A bit like ashtanga. Great to use as an alternative for my normal workout. But a bit too much if I want to add it to my usual workouts.
  • Mindfulness Yoga: Not for me. I’d rather keep my yoga and my meditation separated.
  • Sivananda Yoga: A form of hatha. We started the session with a lot of ohm-ing, which creeps me out a bit. I guess I’m just not that type of yoga girl. Also the fact that one of my fellow students snored like a trucker during the whole 12-minute meditation session was not something that made me wanna go to that class again soon…

Final summary:

I definitely will be keeping yoga in my schedule. I have thought a lot about it and I think for me it’ll work best if I swap one of my regular workouts with a more intense form of yoga, like ashtanga or power yoga.

Another thing: yoga at home is not my thing. Just as working out at home is not my thing. I like going somewhere and having to stay there and work for a certain amount of time. I also like how at a studio chances are you will be learning a lot more than when you are watching some video on your computer or tv. Sure you can learn from that, but I’d like to be able to ask questions and have an instructor watching and correcting my moves.

And last but not least: I do like to incorporate some meditation. But that’s the one thing I’d rather do at home.

Source: bing.com via Chrisonda on Pinterest

 

How about you? What’s the most annoying / strange / funny thing you experienced during a yoga class?

June Yoga Challenge Recap Week 3

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June Yoga Challenge

Happy Friday y’all! And namaste. Time for another recap.

The facts:

  • 60-min barre3 session at home on Saturday (technically not a yoga class, but it does incorporate some yoga moves)
  • 75-min¬†Mindfulness¬†Yoga class on Monday (including 23 minutes of¬†meditation)
  • 75-min Sivananda Yoga class on Friday (including 12 minutes of meditation)

Some inspiration:

My thoughts:

This week I managed to get a little more yoga¬†in. I’m starting to find more balance between yoga and regular workouts. Before I started this challenge I felt a little bit stressed out. Thinking: I’m trying so hard to keep up this exercise schedule. I must be mad to wanna add something new to that. And in the first two weeks I really had to push myself to practice yoga three times a week. It felt like just another chore. But then I started to feel the difference: I’m more relaxed, especially the first few hours after a class. I haven’t felt RSI symptoms last two week, even though I have a few lingering deadlines at work, which¬†normally result in a nagging pain in my neck, shoulder or wrist.¬†AND I’m slowly learning to not strive for perfection, as I usually do, but listen to my body and stop or¬†opt for¬†an easier pose¬†when certain asanas are too difficult for me. Yes peeps, it’s hard to believe, but I’m starting to accept my imperfections. Who would’ve known?

For those of you who are participating in this challenge (or have started a regular yoga schedule somewhere in the past): what changes did you notice after you started practicing yoga and/or meditation?

Try Out: Mindfulness Yoga

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There are different forms of meditation. I have tried to empty my mind (not successful), focused on candle flames (painful to the eyes) and visualized long winding roads to gardens of enlightenment (…). But the one type of meditation that stuck with me these last few¬†years (even though not practised enough), is mindfulness meditation. I like how this form of mediation focuses on the situation as it is right now. It helps me accept how things are and not dwell on the past or only focus on some future (that may ‚ÄĒ¬†or may not ‚ÄĒ¬†ever come).

Source: via Kate on Pinterest

 

So when I read a studio nearby teaches Mindfulness Yoga, I thought this would definitely be something to try. I mean, I love yoga, I love mindfulness, so I’ll probably like Mindfulness Yoga, right?

Unfortunately this is what happened. We started with a few simple asanas to warm up. Then ‘felt’ what these did to our body. Next Sun Salutation A. Then ‘feeling’ what the effect of it on our body. Every freakin’ time I felt like getting in the flow of the movements, I had to focus on the effect of the movement to my body. And I like the flow. I hate being distracted from the flow.

And¬†I did ballet, and gymnastics, which both focus on perfection. And I want to learn how to practise yoga. And¬†then meditate. Afterwards. Not meditate on yoga while doing yoga. And maybe that makes me a bad yogini, but that’s who I am. And I should accept that, don’t I? Isn’t that what yoga and mindfulness is all about?

Conclusion: I like yoga. I like mindfulness. But surprisingly I do not like Mindfulness Yoga.

How about you? Did you ever try this type of yoga? What did you think of it?

June Yoga Challenge Recap Week 1

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June Yoga Challenge

We’re already at the end of week one of this Challenge!

The facts:

  • 10-min yoga-at-home on Saturday and on Sunday to start the day (including a little bit of meditation)
  • 60-min Power Yoga class on Tuesday
  • 30-min yoga-at-home on Friday

Some inspiration:

My thoughts:

I’ve been wanting to try out a yoga studio near my home for ages now. When I decided to start with this Yoga Challenge, I thought this would be a great opportunity to schedule some classes there. I tried Power Yoga last Tuesday and will be doing a Hatha Yoga class tomorrow. I think I will also try yoga classes at other studios in my town.

It felt really great to be doing yoga again. I planned to do this in addition to my usual workouts, but that didn’t really work out very well. I have been so busy lately that I just skipped my workouts and did yoga instead. And I’m glad I did. I felt totally relaxed ‚ÄĒ body AND mind, especially after my one hour of Power Yoga ‚ÄĒ whereas my usual workouts only have impact on my body. And even though it wasn’t as tiring as intervals on the treadmill, I still felt pretty sore the days after. So I guess that means I’m still working out.

Another thing I noticed: I find it easier to go to classes then do yoga at home. The atmosphere in a studio is serene. The teachers know what they’re doing. If you feel like you’re doing something wrong, you can just ask. When practicing at home I always have to think where to start, what to do and how to do it. When in class, I can actually empty my mind and just BE.

Next week I’ll tell you about my Hatha Yoga experience. I’m a little bit afraid it will be boring (I like the dynamics of Power Yoga or Ashtanga Vinyasa). But I will try it anyway, since that’s what this challenge is about, am I right?