We welcomed the new year with tests and challenges. For the seventh time yogis turned out for our annual ritual of repeating 108 Sun Salutations. At the gym, our CrossSUP crew friends met up in the Open Gym for the second time for the 1,000 Pull-Up Challenge.
What’s the point of doing 1,000 pull-ups in a morning? Of saluting the sun for 2 hours? Or for that matter, what’s the purpose of running a marathon, sitting in an ice bath, or finally getting Supta Kurmasana? Is it good for you?
We like our practice and training to be smart, steady, and sustainable. We don’t want to injure ourselves so we slowly build strength, resilience, and range. With mindfulness, we push our comfort zones bigger and bigger. And then, we test ourselves! It’s human nature.
What do we get out of tests and challenges? The chance to measure the mental game. The opportunity to prove to yourself that you can do something hard. That you can do something scary. To find out what you’ve got. Maybe it’s showing up for the people who always have your back. Maybe it’s learning to show up for yourself. Or it could be seeing what happens when you break down.
Whatever your next test is, it’s probably not “good for you” in the way we normally talk about wellness. The test is of the mind and body, woven together. You might be hella sore the next day. You might be visiting your chiro. But you know where you stand, and chances are you’ve taught yourself something important.
What’s your next challenge?
We’re here for it.