Last month the yoga studio that I am a member of did a "fitness challenge" to see if members could take 30 yoga classes in 40 days. At first I was interested and thought I would give it the best shot that I could. During the time of the challenge I was going to be traveling and housesitting. I figured I probably wouldn't get to the 40 classes, but if I could get in my normal 3 or so classes a week than that would show I am dedicated and still maintaining normalcy even though I knew I would have a busy schedule. There was A LOT of buzz about it at the studio. About two weeks into it, I started to hear many other members in the studio talking about how they were planning to take multiple classes in a day to make up for lost time. Granted, these classes they were going to several times a day are challenging yoga sculpt classes in a heated setting.
Once this started happening, I got to thinking that people were going a little overboard. Yes, this challenge was about being a more fit person. However, it seemed that it was most definitely not creating balanced members. I believe yoga is about centering yourself & also creating balance in a hectic world. It seemed like the challenge was a bit counterintuitive to me. It got me thinking about balance in my own life. I know so deeply in my heart and in my mind that I want balance so badly. However, I don't do any favors for myself by overfilling my schedule and having to rearrange the things that are important for me.
With that said, this experience has made me realized that I am the one in control of my time and my schedule. And I have recently made some changes to my schedule and how I use my time. It is going to allow me to have a great more time for doing well in school, getting my applications in for grad school & spending time with my family/people I care dearly for. These things are the most important to me! Another important aspect of the balance, is that I know I am going to be clear headed and will be able to better give to others.