The Yoga Sutra teaches us everything we need to know about what yoga is, how to practice, and how to manage obstacles we may encounter along our path.
Sutra 1.14 is especially important because it tells us how to how to make yoga a habit so that we can enjoy the full benefits of the practice.
What is the 1.14 Challenge?
The 1.14 Challenge is a program that provides guidance, motivation, and accountability for establishing a consistent yoga practice.
For the months of March and April, we challenge you to step up your practice in a way that is reasonable, manageable, and sustainable. We want to help you make yoga a part of your routine so that you feel your best every single day and so that you can live life to the fullest.
Consistent yoga practice yields benefits such as:
- improved stress management
- reduction of aches and pains
- improved strength and flexibility
- improved blood pressure
- improved sleep
- improved mood
- clarity of mind
- improved mental focus and creativity
- overall sense of well-being
Just before the Challenge begins, we'll send you a simple intake survey so that you can document your condition at the beginning of the Challenge. We'll send you a similar survey on the last day of the Challenge so that you can quantify the effect of your consistent practice over the 9 week period.
Set Your Goal
To gain the most benefit from the 1.14 Challenge, we recommend:
- A minimum goal of 3 classes per week. If you already practice 2-3 times per week, you might consider stepping up to 4 or 5 classes per week.
- Planning your classes so that
- you're practicing on a consistent weekly schedule, and
- you're working with one teacher the majority of the time
Consistency of schedule will help you build yoga into your weekly routine. Consistency of teacher allows your practice to become familiar to your teacher so she can monitor your progress and provide appropriate guidance.
Our Class Schedule is organized so that (for the most part) the same teacher teaches the same class type at the same time on MWF mornings, TT mornings, MW evenings, and TT evenings. The weekend schedule is flexible. This scheduling will help you find consistent classes to attend.
Deepen Your Practice
Join us for a special weekly class exclusively for participants of the 1.14 Challenge. This class will be Saturdays at noon, it will be led by Zelinda, and it will feature a practice progression throughout the 9 weeks to help you:
- improve strength and flexibility,
- explore different parts of yoga, and
- deepen your practice
This class counts toward your goal of 3 (or more) weekly classes, however, it's not a requirement for participation in the 1.14 Challenge.
How to Register
We are no longer accepting registrations as the 1.14 Challenge began on March 1st. Thank you for your interest!
How to Participate
Starting March 1, begin taking classes and checking them off on your personalized Class Tracker in the studio.
Starting March 3, join us for the special 1.14 Challenge class on Saturdays at noon. This is an optional class, and it does count toward your weekly goal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to sign up ahead of time for my classes?
A: You don't need to sign up for your classes. You're welcome to indicate your planned classes on your tracker if you'd like. See the next question for more details.
Q: How do I keep track of my classes?
A: Every participant of the 1.14 Challenge will have a personalized tracking sheet at the studio. Track your progress to bolster your motivation.
Q: I practice at home. Can I still join the 1.14 Challenge?
A: Yes, absolutely. You can track your classes on your own or at the studio, and you're welcome to join us for just the special Saturday class if you'd like.
Q: Will I be required to practice with only one teacher?
A: We recommend taking most of your classes with the one teacher if possible. If it doesn't work for your schedule, don't worry too much about it. The main idea is to build consistency of practice.