I have always been a “go go go” sort of person. My. Whole. Life. I’m the type of person who enjoys a fast pace, both literally and figuratively. You know that Facebook group that existed back when Facebook actually had “groups” instead of “pages” that was called I Secretly Want to Punch Slow Walking People in the Back of the Head? Yeah. I was ALL over that (and note, I still want to punch people who walk slowly).
Because of this, I had always shunned yoga as something “not for me”. The reasons were plentiful: I thought it was too slow, wouldn’t get my heart rate up, took too long, wasn’t very efficient, I wouldn’t feel the DOMS that I have a love/hate relationship (but mostly love). But most of all, as a student, I found it incredibly unaffordable and therefore inaccessible. No way in hell did I have enough money to pay for a $15 class for a low intensity class that lasted 60 minutes when I could bust out a 45 minute run for free.
But then…I met Moksha Yoga. One of my best friends Alex had been raving about it for a loooong time and eventually he was able to convince me to attend one of the classes. And I loved it. As it so happens, this year a studio opened not-too-far from my house, and ever since I’ve been attending regularly.
One of the best things about Moksha is that it advocates a simultaneously personal but social approach to yoga. It’s an opportunity to really invest yourself in a practice that is all about what YOU want it to be. Concurrent to this is a strong emphasis on the development of relationships with your community, society, and world that are healthy and conscientious. These are reflected in the 7 pillars of Moksha Yoga: Be healthy, be accessible, live green, sangha [community] support, outreach, live to learn, and be peace.
Over the next seven weeks, Moksha Yoga studios across the world are hosting a seven week “Living Your Moksha Challenge” to celebrate and really put into practice the 7 pillars of Moksha. I have signed up with the wholehearted intention of embracing these challenges, exploring what they mean to me, and incorporating the Moksha pillars into my everyday life. Since I have a teensy feeling that I might have difficulty charting my progress, I’ll be updating weekly to muse about the week’s challenge and how I’ve been living Moksha that week.
This week is Be Healthy, and the challenge is to nourish your body by eating no processed foods and no toxins in the home. One of the best things about this challenge is that it’s entirely personal and interpretive. You get to decide for yourself what the pillar means to you and institute the changes you feel are in line with this interpretation. For myself, this challenge means:
- No junk food – chips, pop, juice (unless it’s fresh!), candy or chocolate, and loading up on homemade, fresh, foods!
Let’s see how this goes!