Sadhana’s 30 Day Challenge: Tips for Recovery
This January, we’re challenging our students to take on the 30 day challenge – a commitment to practice yoga every day for 30 consecutive days! A challenge like this can be life changing. Whatever your reason for taking it on, the commitment is a wonderful opportunity to connect back to you and help turn wounds into wisdom.
Nevertheless, taking on a challenge like this can certainly take its toll on your mind and body! We caught up with challenge master, Paul Gerrard, to share 6 top tips to stay fuelled and motivated during the challenge.
Manage your time well.
Organise your days in advance ensuring that you have planned to accommodate enough sleep and plenty of high quality nutrition. The time you give to planning your day, that prevents rushing, is time well spent. Nothing good comes from rushing. Try to move through the 30 days methodically.
- Slow and steady wins the race.
Sips of warm herbal tea (rather than guzzled water) taken regularly across each day help the body to slowly absorb your fluid intake. Your hydration needs to be on-going, hour by hour, not reduced to a fast litre two hours before a class.
- Hydrate…and then some.
Hydration on its own isn’t enough. The key to sustaining a healthy body during a yoga challenge is your electrolyte and nutritional intake. Sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium are examples of electrolytes. You can buy electrolyte gels that absorb readily into your body. Add a pinch of Himalayan rock salt (packed with minerals) and some lemon juice to your water. Gain sweetness from maple syrup.
- Natural is better.
If you can, source natural calcium (health food stores or on-line) that has been extracted from sea vegetable for optimal absorption. Cows milk is not, and never has been, a reliable source of calcium. It tends to produce an acid response in the body that leeches minerals from bones rather than adding to them.
Graze on those veggies.
During a challenge it’s most helpful to eat little and often, grazing throughout the day, topping up on wholefoods that are packed with nutrients and water—leaves, salads, vegetables, boiled rice, soaked oats, seeds, nuts, raisins and a few fruits (more cooked green vegetables than fruits which can, for some people, irritate digestion). Of course, diet has to be individualised in relation to your constitution.
- Love & listen to your body.
Listen to, know, nourish and love your body with conscious, kind choices of health-giving foods. Think Slow and Steady, mindfully steering your own self-loving course through life’s craziness. Love yourself and help each other. This is a community. For you.