Sometimes, doesn’t it all just seem a little bit too much? We’re being given helpful advice about how to live a better life from so many people. We’re being told that we should live a sustainable life, but the advice is overwhelming! It can seem like we can’t make any difference; the changes we could make to our own life wouldn’t make any difference, let alone to the planet! Plus, who on earth has the time? Life is way too busy. We’re all just exhausted by the end of the day left slumping on the sofa and reaching for the wine.
Or maybe that’s just me.
Well, my mum is someone who’s book I need to take a leaf out of before I reach for the wine and slump on the sofa. Although she’s always really busy, working on multiple projects, she’s full of boundless energy, every day she seems more vibrant and positive, fitter, healthier and stronger. She’s had a successful corporate career until the age of 65, then aged 70, she discovered yoga, and everything changed for her. One thing she taught me is that if you want the benefits, you can’t short-change yourself! If you want clean teeth, you can’t moan you don’t have time to clean them! Just nobody’s too busy for ten minutes of yoga. Yes, I know, yoga has truly magical properties which make me feel so alive. But, some days life is so overwhelming, I just can’t seem to fit in more than a couple of breaths. Well, Mum taught me how to prioritise my practice.
I feel that it was her uncompromising nature. Her telling me "but why wouldn’t I do yoga every day, if it helps me so much", which inspired me to create the Small Steps Challenge. I’ve chatted to my mum in a lovely, heart-warming podcast so that hopefully she’ll inspire you too. Especially if you think you’re too old, too immobile, too unfit, too busy, too overwhelmed to do your daily practice. She’s living proof that you can be 70 years old and never done any fitness or yoga in your life; just come to yoga because you’re feeling a bit creaky and have back pain, and then find your entire life turned around. It was this, and the amazing ways that yoga has helped my mum, which made me think, c’mon folks! This isn’t a ‘nice to have’! Our health and happiness is our birthright! We need to just get ourselves on our mats and move!
The Small Steps challenge is, I think our most accessible, but most far-reaching, challenge yet. It encompasses the community aspect, the commitment and accountability that we all need. But it’s just short classes, to be done every day. Because. Short. Classes. Work. Best!
We also have a weekly check-in in our Facebook group so that we can discuss how we’re all getting along, and listen to me and Rakhee chat about how we’re doing. Each of the weeks is jam-packed full of ideas about how we can all make the small steps which will make all the difference in creating a happier, healthier and more sustainable 2020.
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