40 Days Program Profile: JenI thought it would be fun to start Week Two by checking in with my yoga student, friend and 40-Day newbie, Jen. Here’s an excerpt from our post-yoga gab session: How long have you been practicing power yoga? J: A little over a year. Why did you decide to do the 40 Days Program now? J: The timing is perfect. I am just getting back to my mat after a minor surgery and was intrigued by the way that the program eases into the work. After one full week, what has surprised you most about the program? J: That the yoga and the meditation are easy for me... they just seem to fit neatly into my day. I don’t hit the snooze button, and there is my five minutes for morning meditation. Also, for the first time I am starting to practice at home. I’ve never done that before, but the podcasts make it simple. I can really see myself crafting a home practice over the next six weeks and hopefully keeping it up beyond the program. Oh, and this is a whole new way to look at food for me. I really like the idea of observing how my choices are fueling my body. It feels more like a mindfulness practice than a diet. What has been the biggest challenge? J: The excavation questions. [Pause.] Why? J: Well, like the name implies, they dig things up. I keep finding excuses not to sit down and do them. They feel like homework. It’s the opposite with the yoga and meditation practices– they are so delicious I look forward to them. With the questions, I have to make a conscience effort just sit down and face them. So, we should check back in with you about your new-found success with the excavation questions in a few weeks? J: Sure. [Smile.] What are three tips you have for everyone doing the program as we move into Week Two? J:
- Don’t think about it too much. Whether it is deciding to do the program or getting to your mat in the morning... just do it.
- Don’t beat yourself up. You are doing the work whether it feels successful or not. Celebrate that.
- Share. Tell the people in your life what you are up to and let them know how it is going. And, if possible, swap experiences with other folks doing 40 Days.