Sonal Jhaveri working the shoulder stand.

Committing to a 30 day program is not easy for me. There are lots and lots of ways I want to organize and spend my time – and I did not not not want to come to yoga this morning.

These classes, while invaluable to both my physical and emotional well-being, are time consuming. The shortest classes run for 60 minutes, so when I add in travel time and set-up/put away, it’s almost 2 hours out of my day. Every day.

And it’s fine right now – it’s August, the kids are in camp, and I don’t start teaching until the last day of the month. I committed to this program – there’s motivation in that. (I’m good at honoring commitments, especially short term ones.)

But if I’m being honest, I’m starting to get nervous about the fall.

Am I going to be able to maintain my newfound and tremendously beneficial practice when I’m taxi-driving the boys to opposite ends of the city, or preparing lesson plans, or working for the magazine? Will I be able to launch upcoming projects if I’m spending 7-12 hours a week on yoga?

What is my commitment when the 30 day challenge concludes? How important is my health?

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Mel Kozakiewicz a professor, editor, writer, and mother of two.

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