31 days of Yoga - Megan's Story
Posted on 11/12/2022
G&G member, Megan shares her experience of practicing yoga for 31 days to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.
We all know that Yoga is good for the mind, body, and soul but what if we challenged ourselves to ensure it was part of our daily routine for a whole month? G&G member, Megan, did just that in her 31 days of Yoga in October Challenge and she kindly agreed to answer all our questions we had on this fantastic challenge!
The challenge was 31 days of yoga in October. The aim was to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital by practicing yoga every day in October.
The challenge entailed a minimum of 10 minutes of yoga a day for every day in October. I managed between 10 and 60 minutes of yoga every day depending on my other responsibilities!
Generally, I made sure I did around 20 -30 minutes a day unless I went to a 60-minute class at Grace & Gravity
To begin with it was just me, but my youngest daughter Jemima is a little yogi and wanted to practice with me!
We ended up doing a few sessions together where we used yoga pretzel cards and we really enjoyed working through the poses. It was a really lovely way to spend time together.
Additionally, I also connected with a few other yogis through the GOSH fundraiser page. It was wonderful to ‘meet’ other likeminded people doing the same challenge and we supported and encouraged each other to carry on.
I love yoga and I am currently studying for a 200-hour yoga teacher training qualification and so it was fantastic to do this challenge to help with my practice and, of course, more importantly to help raise much needed money for GOSH.
We are all stretched with the cost of living at present, and charities are being hit especially hard too, so I am so grateful for the sponsorship and to know that the money I raised will be used to help sick children.
I only found it hard to do when I was feeling poorly for a few days during the challenge. However, I am a big fan of yin, restorative and yoga nidra (yogic sleep) and so on days where I was feeling under the weather, I kept it slow and restful and concentrated on my breath, which is what my body needed to recover.
I really enjoyed the feeling after I’d finished my yoga sessions where I knew my body had had a good stretch and I was grateful that I’d had some time (away from chores etc.) for me too.
Really good! Yoga is great for the mind and body and doing it every day for a month has made me realise that it’s important for me to keep it up, even if it’s only for 10 minutes a day on some days. Even a few minutes can make a huge difference to how you feel.
It has confirmed that yoga is hugely important to me, and my body really needs it!
Thanks to Megan for sharing her experience with us about her 31 days of yoga challenge, we hope it's inspired you to get a bit of yoga in your life. You can also read about our co-founder Janine's discovery of yoga here and learn how it has helped her.