New (easier) guidelines! Attend 20 classes during the month of September. Strive for 5 classes a week!
Email email@example.com if you want to Strive for Five this month! 1 hour, 45 min, and 30 min classes count as 1 class. Let Sarah know when you complete the challenge so you can be entered into the drawing! Strive for Five will begin every 1st of the month and you have the entire month to complete.
Every month we offer a different prize. Check back for more info!
"The Zoom classes have been such an anchor for me during all of the uncertainty as the world adapts. It has helped me keep a routine, as well as function as a transition period between work time and leisure time, since those lines have become even more blurred since I started working from home. I'm a family therapist, which means I have been providing emotional support for dozens of families. As expected, the emotional needs of my clients has increased drastically since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Strive for Five has served as a mooring for me, keeping me accountable to my own holistic health. I have completed the Strive for Five challenge for both March and April. Part of what it has helped me understand is both when I need to push myself (mentally, physically, or emotionally), as well as when I need to give myself space and time away from practicing with a group. Without the Strive for Five, I may not have learned how to keep a finger on my pulse and adjust to my needs. Just like instructors say in class, take any needed modifications! Strive for Five helped me feel empowered to do just this. Thank you!"
How do you feel after accomplishing this goal?
I feel proud of myself and grateful to be alive in a body that can do such things, to tend to breath, with kindness and discipline and love. I feel more in tune with my body and I feel calmer and happier.
What did you learn about yourself through this challenge?
I learned I can manage my time well. I can make space for my exercise and mindfulness practices almost daily. Often times I will talk myself out of tending to those parts of me because of, well, you know, capitalism and its rewards systems often don't engender such slowing down of self, mostly.
What advice would you give someone starting this challenge for the first time?
You can do it! & if you cannot, that's okay too!
What is your favorite yoga pose at the moment?
BOAT 4 LIFE. Or dancer's pose. So beautiful.
Share a fun fact about yoself!
I am trans-nonbinary & a graduate student in poetry & I just got bangs & I feel super cute & I laid in the sun all afternoon & it was beautiful & it is February!!!!!
"Honestly, I was a little intimidated to start Strive for Five because I knew it meant branching out into classes that I thought were too advanced for me. Having a little team who I saw regularly, though, gave me a sense of accountability and I quickly found out that my body is capable of so much more than the limitations my mind wants to place on it. The worst thing that happened was that I found out that there is room for me to grow and become stronger which... turns out... not so bad.
For those who may be wanting to complete the challenge I’d advise to commit and then honor your commitment. While planning your week (if that’s your thing... and if not, I’d advise that too), sign up for the classes you’d like to attend ahead of time and keep those appointments like you’d keep any other. Show up and roll out that mat!
My favorite yoga pose is anything that stretches out my hips and lower back. And, finally ummm.... fun fact: I have a slight obsession with The Princess Bride and have seen it no less than 3,456,987 times. “As you wish” is tattooed on my left forearm."
"This was such a fun challenge! I certainly feel stronger and more balanced after completing it. Advice to someone starting to strive for five would be to make a plan ahead of time by plugging all the classes you’d like to take into your calendar for the week and using that as a foundation for scheduling other activities around it as a priority. Practicing consistently made me realize how much of an impact it can have on managing stress, acting like a reset button throughout the week."
"I have been practicing yoga regularly since I came to Ekah in October, 2015. At first, I regularly attended class four days per week. After awhile, I realized that practicing more often would help me progress in yoga more quickly. So I was attending five days per week anyway about the time the challenges were implemented. I would like people to know that the more sessions you do, the quicker you will develop more strength and perfect your poses.
My favorite pose right now is warrior one, because of the strength needed to hold it and the beauty of the pose.
I am almost 68 years old and being strong and able to move around more or less gracefully and easily makes me feel good about myself."
"I have been practicing yoga on and off since 2005. It's fun to try different classes. The only advice I would give is to plan ahead and sign up for classes the week before. Favorite yoga position right now is child pose. I was first introduced to yoga by taking a class at IU." - Mike
"Thanks for strive for 5. This is a great motivator for me to come to class. It makes it somehow easier to make time for something that is important to me. I tried a 6am class even though I am never up that early and LOVED it. Strive for 5 is a great thing individually but also motivates my partner to work out with me. Classes at Ekah are a great thing to look forward to doing together. My favorite class right now is Kettle Bells. I was super intimidated before because I've only lifted weights once with a friend. Jessica helps a lot and she ensures that you have the right form. The class is also fun because of the people who regularly attend. It is my favorite class because the next day my posture is so much better. " - Jamie
"I'm doing good with the challenge. It is difficult at times with my work schedule to fit yoga in but I feel much better the more that I do.
I've never done the challenge so when you asked I thought why not? I am trying to be more active. Turning 50 means a lot of changes in my body and how it looks so feeling good in it makes all of the difference.
I would say to someone starting this to just go for it, you will feel better, not worse. Carve out the time and do something nice for yourself.
My favorite yoga pose.....good old downward dog :)"
"1) Integrating the challenge into my weekly schedule is my secret to making the challenge work. It does take some dedication to put off other activities I might prefer to do after work, but it gave me something to look forward and made my day full and complete.
2) I was motivated to do this challenge again because I knew June was going to be a stressful month for me at work. I wanted to make sure I had something during my personal time that would mark it as distinct from the environment that was causing me stress.
3) Advice I would give to someone starting the challenge for the first time is to figure out which classes work best for your schedule, both in terms of timing and type of practice, and sign up for these classes well in advance. Program them into your calendar before the start of the challenge. You’ll be far more committed to attending if you’re already signed up.
4) My forever-favorite yoga pose is happy baby."
"My thoughts: I feel great! Yoga is a cornerstone of my mental-health routine. Typically I practice 3-4 days a week with days off in between. I noticed that practicing multiple days in a row had exponential mental-health benefits for me. Especially after the third day in a row, I would notice feeling highly relaxed and very calm. I think the frequency also helped deepen my Shavasana meditations. I was able to drop into meditation much more quickly and stay there longer without distraction. Physically, I think I deepened my understanding of poses by practicing so consistently. I feel very strong and more confident attempting difficult poses. I also really appreciated being at Ekah so much and being surrounded by the loving community there. It is such a welcome respite from the cold doldrums of winter here. It was challenging to fit in so much yoga alongside my full-time school and part-time jobs (not to mention friends and volunteer commitments), but the challenge (and the reward of a badly-needed haircut) kept me going. I'd seen many Strive for Fives come and go at Ekah without even thinking I could pull it off. I'm so glad I did it. A great way to ring in 2019. I'd absolutely do it again!"