90 Day Challenge
Krishnamacharya, the father of yoga, said “practice for 90 days and something will happen.” I did. It changed my life. I challenge you to either practice yoga and/or take 10 mindful breaths every day. Do this for 90 days in a row. Each day you do, place a kernel of popcorn in a bowl. (We have bags of pre-counted popcorn available for you at Tone.) If you miss a day, then start over.
I encourage you to try the popcorn challenge. Start now. Breath by breath you can make a change.
Please add your thoughts and comments to this blog as you go along the journey as support to yourself and others. Change happens with change itself.
Ten conscious breaths a day?
How hard could it be?
Harder than I thought.
I began Monica’s challenge with marbles, not popcorn, just to see if I could do it. (I know, Monica, Vatta—right?)
For two or three days, I would follow through, but inevitably I’d have to start over. Once I got as far as 37 marbles when I had to begin again. In a moment of weakness, I considered cheating. Who would know?
Reluctantly I dumped the 37 marbles back.
Square one, it turns out, is not such a bad place.
I found it worked best for me to do my breathing first thing in the morning—before coffee, before my brain had a chance to go off on a tangent.
I often stood outside, looking up at the sky, taking in the first moments of daylight.
Eventually the practice became easier, more natural, becoming a simple moment of stillness and gratitude, a prayer, a daily routine.