Today I said something that I absolutely never say – “I don’t think that I can.” It was not quite 7am, and my yoga instructor saw what I was doing. She came over and said, “You can do it.” Perhaps it was the fact that I was working on this pose in class until 9:30pm last night and my arms were still exhausted. Or maybe it was because I was still barely awake. But for some reason, I said those dreaded words. After saying it a second time, she said that she knew I could. And before I could even think, I was in forearm stand for the first time ever. It wasn’t glamorous – she was spotting me and I fell after about 7.4 seconds. But I did it.
17 days ago I had no idea how badly I would even want to do a forearm stand. However, if you’ve talked to me in the past 17 days, I’ve probably tried to convince you to do a 30 day yoga challenge. 1 class per day for 30 days. You can miss up to two classes, but you must double up on two other days (within 3 days of the missed class). This challenge has been one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve ever done for myself. I am much stronger, more flexible, calmer and happier. I won’t dive too deeply into the benefits of a yoga challenge, but instead I encourage you to find your thing. And do it, every day. Whether you write for 365 days, like my best friend Amanda Kusek, or do yoga every day for 30 days, or something else – pick that one thing, and just do it. Is it easy? Absolutely not. You have to make sacrifices – if you want to have dinner with a friend, you better be up at 6am for a morning class. If you want to enjoy weekend days it might mean going to 8am class on both Saturday and Sunday. Or, it might even mean going to 5:30am Summer Solstice Yoga in the middle of Times Square, taking a break, and then doing your second class of the day at 11:15am, only a few hours later. But it’s worth it, I promise.
I still have 13 days to go. I’m sore (especially now that I’m “cross-training”) and physically tired. But mentally, I feel like I can do anything. So pick your thing. Once you start, be prepared that the first 10-14 days are going to probably suck. A lot. But it’s okay. You’ll learn more about yourself and begin a journey towards becoming the best you possible. And you’ll never say, “I don’t think I can” again.