Welcome 20 Days of 20-20 Yoga and Meditation for Transformation!
It’s been 20 years since the new millennium. Where were you at the beginning of 2000? Who were you? What were you doing? What did you hope for? What dreams came true?
Change is inevitable, so let’s transform with intention.
On this 20 day journey, no matter what your ultimate goal or resolution is, you will also be creating new and healthy habits and removing toxins and blockages – both in your life and your body. As you grow and move towards your goal, you will slowly uncover – and come to know – your true essence, which is who you are and what you require to be your best self. Once you know your essence and your true purpose, you can use it as a compass, so that no matter what you are doing, you will be able to fall in love with life each day and live in peaceful joy and contentment.
Mindfulness: Why are you doing this 20-20 Yoga & Meditation? What do you really need? What is your goal, your resolution or what you would like more of in your life? What do you have room or would like to create space for? The ultimate goal in life is to realize, become and live one’s true essence and in this become and live our true purpose, which stems from each person’s unique gift. Each of us has a gift, which is part of our essence, and that gift is also our compass to our greatest fulfillment and joy.
If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes today to write yourself a letter to be read at the end of this 20 day journey. Your letter should include how you are feeling today, what you aspire to feel and to become, your goals. It should include your long-term dreams, but even more importantly your short-term goals. Be sure to express how you feel about taking on this challenge. Write what end result you hope to achieve at the end of these 20 days. And, most importantly, WHY do you desire or have a need to do achieve this goal? After you have read your letter at the end of this 20 days, I hope you will then put it away to be read again in one year’s time, so that you can see how far you have come and celebrate this person you were always meant to be.
Movement:. Today we begin with simplicity in our movement.
Meditation: Today’s meditation focuses on each of the seven main energy centres of the body, the chakras. Read more about the seven chakras. Offering attention to each aspect of wellness and maintaining vitality in each chakra is important so that when the difficult days come, as they do, when one of your lower blocks, like the game Janga, gets pulled out, your other ones will keep you strong and standing.
More: Some items you may need during this program are a yoga mat, yoga blocks (or thick books), a blanket, a bolster (or pillows), a strap (or rope or belt), a stool, a chalk board or slate and a scribbler or journal. As a writer, I recommend keeping a journal or having a scribbler close by to write down your thoughts, feelings or goals at the end of each class or as they come. This is not necessary, but it can be helpful as part of the mindfulness. Yoga and meditation often bring forward words or ideas that are very clear, yet can be difficult to place in your life; like a piece of a puzzle. Keep that piece and one day you will know exactly where it is supposed to be.
If it is true that we often turn around or go back to see how far we’ve come, journaling keeps us from having to literally go back because you can simply open your own story and read the a page in your own history. Often we realize, not only how far we have come, but how wise we have always been – and have gratitude for that wise and brave soul who embarked on the journey of transformation.
Disclaimer: You should always consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. This is particularly true if you have a history of high blood pressure or heart disease, or if you have ever experienced chest pain when exercising. Consult with your doctor if your smoke, have high cholesterol, are obese or have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in physical activity. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately.
Yoga is about honouring your own body and in preparation to meditate. You can do your program in the morning or in the evening and you may even decide to separate the yoga from the meditation. Do what works for you and remember that you can always modify. Every move can be simplified. No one is around watching you so do what feels right to you. During these 20 days you may feel yourself open up to a sense of joy that you have not experienced in a long time. There may also involve some discomfort, perhaps a little heat, tears may even fall and at times when chakras open, there may be some confusion if you are going through a detoxification, but it should never involve pain. Drink lots of water, get your rest, go for walks outside and be happy.