Last week, teacher Paul Askew created quite the stir and debate on Facebook about the 30 Challenge. Here is a peek at what went down. OMB wants to know what you think about the 30 Day Challenge…
The comment that started it all:
Paul : I was just pondering the 30 day challenge. Isn’t it 30 DAYS? Not 30 classes? So, shouldn’t it be 30 consecutive days — not 30 classes whenever I can fit them in? It’s not called the “30 Class Challenge” after-all!
Summer: A purist. I like it!
Carola: Yeah, I have actually ALWAYS wondered that too
Annie: Actually, Senior Semantics, the terminology is “30 classes in 30 days” now shortened to be called the “30 day challenge.”
So that means if you have to take care of something or you need a day off to rest your body you can do 2 classes, or 3, in one day to make up if you like, which is also a good experience. Where in my hatha yoga practice do I learn to go deeper and get more meaning by not too rigid? Every posture, every day…
Andy: It’s all yoga…
Hallie (BYB teacher):That’s how I do it, Paul. But really, as a teacher its next to impossible.
Dana (BYB Owner): Impossible is nothing!! I like your words Paul. The real deal!
Paul: I hear excuses! 🙂 A day off means you are not going to get the same benefits as if practicing every day. Part of the challenge is to find time each day to accommodate the 90 minute practice. It is sort of being rigid. But isn’t Bikram Yoga rigid? All the same poses all the time in an exact and precise way following instruction created by our Guru. Other Hot Yoga’s were founded partly because Bikram will not allow a posture to be modified. You fit your body to the yoga, not the yoga to the body.
Annie: Actually, that’s the only problem with Bikram yoga, the rigidity. Yoga is supposed to have structure, but not be rigid. As is your yoga practice on the mat, so is your mind off the mat. Peace…
Diane Ducharme puts it the right way: The series is like a prescription. The postures the medication and the dialogue the way you are to take it. Just like medication, if you take it incorrectly, it is not going to work.
You may feel worse.
Thanks to our western attitude, we don’t want to do things the right way – just like doing the 30 day challenge in 26 days because I did two doubles last week. Our lack of interest in doing anything “hard” got the yogi’s of India to “simplify” the postures to make them more appealing to us.
We now have X number of ways to do triangle just so our hips don’t hurt as much. I like Bikram because it forces us to do something that may be very uncomfortable and unpleasant — and just do it, Boss. To me, 30-Day challenges were created to make us westerners feel better in front of others, not ourselves. Just like the belt/grading system in martial arts were created for us to feel like we are accomplishing something for the years leading up to a black belt.
Mark: I agree Paul, if you take a day off that takes away the whole point.
Hallie:I completely agree with you.The hard way is the right way. Diane’s idea of the prescription is very helpful I think. No money, no honey! And I think the more rigid our physical practice is, the more flexible you can be mentally, and in other areas.
It’s 30 days. So if you miss a day, you gotta start over. If you do a double or triple on one day, then good for you. Makes you stronger, but it does not count for 2 or 3 days. I’m such a hard ass 🙂
What do you think??