Friday, January 16, 2009
Why I'm NOT doing the 60-Day Competition....I mean, 60-Day Challenge
Twice a year my Bikram yoga studio has a 60-Day Challenge, once in January and then again in July. The first time I participated was in January 2006, back then it was a challenge, and I did successfully complete it! It had barely been one month since I started the practice and less than 1 year earlier I weighed almost 250lbs! But now, at this point in my training, and at this point in my life, it's no longer a challenge, so why participate?
What is the 60-Day Challenge about? Well, I think the first and most important point of this challenge is to establish, and create the habit of consistent practice.....did that. There's the challenge from a physical standpoint, building up the physical strength to endure 60 straight days of Bikram yoga......did that. There's the challenge of a schedule, which I think is the biggest challenge really, because how many people can fit 2 hours of yoga, everyday, into an already busy life? Well, since I have the luxury of living like "the rich and retired"(that's what Mark says, lol!), scheduling daily workouts is not challenge for me. And I guess the last point of this challenge is the comradery created by the energy of 100 people all committing to making their lives better, which is probably the best reason, and why I almost signed up......but......
I know myself! I'm highly competitive and I, like many, would try and do 120 yoga classes in 60 days, turning it into a competition instead of a challenge lol! In fact, I have to stop myself from training yoga more than 7 days a week, and I've been currently attending 8-11 classes weekly. I didn't want this challenge, and the fact that my name was up on some board amassing "gold stars" as a way of proving "I'm better than you"! Many of the participants, like me, have an established practice and routinely attend double classes already (some of them Bikram Yoga teachers, how is that a challenge?). Am I being a bitch? Should I have joined in anyway, as a show of support?
For some students this really is a challenge, physically, mentally and even emotionally as yoga, and most physical activities reconnect us with our bodies and minds, and I respect that. So, I will attend class, daily, with the admiration and respect for those whom I know this is truly a challenge for.....and for those who just want to show off? Well, what can I say? What-ever! (OK, I am being a bitch, lol)