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Challenge Yourself...

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand” ~Oprah Winfrey

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Challenging. If I was asked to describe the year 2020 in one word, it would be challenging (along with some other 4 letter words I’ll leave to the imagination;)). The constant unknown, pivoting, and worry for what’s to come next has been daunting and exhausting.

It is so easy to fall into the mindset of “life is really hard right now, so what’s the point? Why bother?”

I. GET. IT. Like many of you, I have been in “survival mode“ this year. Not living in the moment. Continuously thinking “after this week, this phase, this month, when I finally get back into a normal routine...”. Searching for that new center of gravity. Trying to find new ways to stand (maybe I should call Oprah for suggestions ;)).

Last week, I found myself feeling particularly “challenged” getting out of bed at 4am to teach Yoga Sculpt, thinking to myself… “I’m so tired, it’s sooo cold, and my ankle hurts… How can I possibly motivate others today? What’s the point??”

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But, after class, I remember thinking… That was the point! These people and these friendships that have helped me survive this year are the point. This particular day was my friend Kelly’s birthday. Kelly and I have known each other for years but became close when she started attending Yoga Sculpt 8+ years ago. Not everyone in this picture knows each other; but every Wednesday morning we show up, we set intentions together, cheer for each other, challenge our bodies, and forget the heaviness of the world for an hour.

Has survival mode been necessary this year? Absolutely! There is no doubt that we have all needed to put our heads down and survive this pandemic and economic crisis. But, this year has also been filled with unexpected lessons and friendships that I will forever be grateful for. It has taught me to find new ways to balance life and to continually challenge myself. It has also taught me that, while many life events have been put on hold or canceled, life has not. We have to keep going, keep challenging ourselves to try new things, and keep living…

How can you challenge yourself? Maybe this is the week you challenge yourself to try something new, find your new center of gravity? It could be as simple as trying a new recipe or a book? Could this be the week you stop making excuses? Try a new yoga class, workout or even join a Yoga Challenge:)?

I have added a Free Yoga Sculpt Class in this blog post just in case that is the case;)! Yoga Sculpt can be a challenging practice and workout, but it is also fun and different!

Some criticize Yoga Sculpt for “not being yoga” but, obviously, I disagree. It’s not traditional yoga, but it definitely contains mindful movement with breaths that help quiet the fluctuations of the mind (chitta vritti nirodha). More importantly, there is a sense of community, friendship, and shared intentions that help us get through these challenging times.

Whatever you choose to do, can you switch the vibration of complaining to be more purposeful? It may be challenging but we’ve been through worse this year, right? ;)

Betsy Link

Betsy Link