I struggle with yoga. I feel guilty admitting this given I am a Chopra, a meditator, from India, live in Santa Monica, have dear friends who are yoga teachers, and have a website on intention. People assume I am a yogi, and I’ve even been recruited to be a spokesperson for yoga by companies even though I struggle with Downward Dog! I’ve also written about the comedy of being a Chopra in a yoga class (but more on that next week)!
But, in the last few months, I have committed to my intent to lead a healthier, more balanced life – to meditate daily, eat better, exercise more, and practice yoga. I was invited to join a group of friends for a Monday morning yoga class, and while I was very doubtful I would enjoy it, I committed to it thinking that by being accountable to my friends to “show up” would force me to actually show up.
I have done 3 classes so far, and I have to admit that I am secretly starting to enjoy them. I’m realizing it takes a few classes to get the flow of the poses, and the self-assuredness that yoga is a personal practice where you can improve with every practice. Our small class is relaxed and fun, and the social interaction is as motivating as how I feel physically and emotionally after class.
Each week we will be posting a new yoga challenge on Intent.com.
Please support people’s yoga intents, adopt one of the yoga intents or set your own (and put them in the yoga category).
This week, I’m adopting Tara’s yoga intent to challenge myself with sun salutations every day – something manageable for me as I will probably start with one a day! I will re-affirm and update it daily, as well. I hope you will join us for this challenge!
Also, I wanted to share this video of Tara and I chatting about yoga and intention, as well as her post about how she incorporates intention into her daily life.