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31 Day I Am Instagram Yoga Challenge

For the month of January I will be leading a 31 day ‘I Am’ Yoga Challenge. Typically this time of year we are thinking about resolutions, and big changes we want to make in our lives. Creating big expectations, and feeling like we have failed if we fall off track. The yoga tradition offers an alternative to the New Years resolution: the practice of sankalpa, or resolve. A sankalpa practice starts with the premise that you already are who you need to be to fulfill your life’s dharma. In creating your sankalpa, we use mantras and affirmations to manifest our true desires. Mantras and affirmations are a powerful tool used to shift our mindset. Our thoughts become our reality, so what we fill out mind with, and what we choose to focus on is just as important as the food we put into our bodies.

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thought become YOUR WORDS. Keep your words positive because your words become YOUR BEHAVIOR Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes YOUR HABITS Keep your habits positive because your habits become YOUR VALUES Keep your values positive because your values become YOUR DESTINY” - Mahatma Gandhi

There is a mental piece as well as the physical asana to this challenge. In addition to the pose of the day, I ask you to create an ‘I Am…’ statement. You can choose one for the month, one per week, or a new one each day. Repeat your ‘I Am’ to yourself 3 times that day. Each day I will post myself in the pose of the day, with my ‘I Am’ statement. If you want to join in, connect with this community and radiate positivity in our lives follow @mbailor and @true_n_yoga , tag both each day when you post yourself in the pose of the day, share your ‘I Am’ (if you would like), and use these 3 hashtags that will connect us to see each other as we shine our light

Below is the list of poses. I will offer modifications, and variations. If some level of a pose is not in your practice, choose a different pose for that day (message me if you need ideas). If for whatever reason you miss a day, or a few, just make it up when you can. The more who participate, the more fun we will have, so please invite anyone you think would like to join in. I am excited to connect with all of you and shine our light into the world.

1. Childs

2. Puppy

3. Gorilla

4. Standing Side Bend

5. Chair

6. Warrior 1

7. Tree

8. Warrior 2

9. Warrior 3

10. Triangle

11. Eagle

12. Wild Thing

13. Dancer

14. Side Plank

15. Headstand

16. Drinking Bird

17. Boat

18. Squat n Curl

19. Crow

20. Standing Figure 4

21. Dancing Shiva

22. Side Crow

23. ½ Pigeon

24. Bow

25. Camel

26. Rabbit

27. Reverse Table/Plank

28. Seated Twist

29. Marichyasana A

30. Fish

31. Handstand

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