A few weeks ago, we posted an article about Natasha, one of our students doing a 6 week challenge with us as part of a year 12 project. At that point, she was about half way through the challenge, and now she has completed it! Well done, Natasha! We caught up with her to find out how she felt before the challenge, what challenges she faced during it and what results she has found now that she has completed it! Very interesting and impressive results- we are very proud of her and she should be proud of herself!
- How do you feel now, compared to before the challenge?
Before the challenge, I would eat carelessly and would over or under sleep, which overtime left me feeling moody, restless and sluggish. Whilst doing the challenge (and even now, a week or so later) I feel so much more energised and confident. I think that once I saw small changes happening to my body as a result of regular yoga classes, I started to pay more attention to what I was putting into my body and started eating a healthier more balanced diet. My sleeping routine has also improved greatly since starting the challenge – which I was particularly thankful for around the holiday season. I now go to sleep around the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning without any trouble. Overall, I feel more confident! After spending approximately 27 hours, over a six-week period, watching and focusing purely on myself, I learned to love my body and all the bumps and curves that come with it.
- What was the easiest part?
A decision that I made (which made going to yoga so much easier for me) was choosing to go to the 7:30pm classes. In the first couple of weeks, I was doing 6:00am, 8:30am and 7:30pm classes, and I found that majority of the time, if I went in the morning, I wasn’t mentally there. In the morning classes, I generally wouldn’t push myself and I found that I would discourage myself a lot more. But when I went to the 7:30pm classes, I was totally ready to sweat it out. I would do a lot of self-talk and mentally cheer myself on – which would result in an all-round worthwhile class! There wasn’t necessarily an ‘easiest’ part, but figuring out what did and didn’t work for me made the classes so much more worthwhile.
- What was the hardest part?
The hardest part was definitely the first week. My body ached and I really had to push myself to go to the classes. I had no motivation and I’d constantly give myself excuses why I didn’t have to go. Another challenge was balancing school and work life with yoga. Even though I did the challenge in the school holidays, I still had assignments to start for the year ahead and I picked up a lot more shifts at work – so finding a balance and prioritising was difficult in the beginning.
- How did it change your life outside of the studio?
I found that yoga changed the way that I interact with my family and friends, how I handle stressful situations and my own view of myself. For example, when I would have a stressful situation arise, or even when a friend came to me for advice, I found that I approached the situation with a far more level head, than I would have without Yoga. The classes allowed my time to focus on myself, to process anything that I was dealing with at the time and to gain a different perspective.
- Did you achieve what you aimed for?
Over the six week period, I did achieve my three main goals that I set myself at the beginning: muscle tone, strength and flexibility. But I found that out of all three, the goal that I improved the most was muscle tone.
- Will you keep hot yoga as a regular part of your routine now the challenge is finished?
At the moment, I’m a Year 12 student, starting my second year of Nursing at TAFE, and working throughout the week, so as much as I would love to be able to do Hot Yoga every day as a stress relief, it just isn’t realistic. However, I’m hoping to attend classes here and there, particularly on the weekends, just to sweat it out, or as an outlet/temporary escape when life gets too stressful.
Such an inspiring story- we are so happy that Natasha found her confidence through yoga! Natasha has achieved so much- and others have noticed! She has now asked that PPHY attend her school for some yoga fun! Can’t wait!
Well done and we hope to see you on the mat again soon!
Mike & Suz
Interested in doing a yoga challenge for yourself? Our 21 Day Detox Guide is the first step in the right direction! Interested? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org