Every day I come across some type of 30 day “yoga” challenge. Either they are a challenge to practice asana each day, or accomplish a pose in that time frame. One lady even wanted to try to do the splits (Hanumanasana) in 30 days. After about day 15 she stopped posting altogether. I wonder if her hamstrings gave out. People even have asana competitions where they are judged on their postures. I felt I wanted to propose a harder challenge–a yama/niyama competition!
Here are the rules:
1) Can you go 30 days without causing physical or mental harm to anyone?
2) Can you go 30 days by telling the complete truth no matter what?
3) Can you go 30 days without stealing anything?
4) Can you go 30 days of regarding others as human beings instead of male/female bodies?
5) Can you go 30 days free from greed?
6) Can you go 30 days being clean, not only physically but mentally?
7) Can you go 30 days being content with what you have, and not buying anything new outside of what you need?
8) Can you go 30 days of fervid adherence to these principles?
9) Can you go 30 days studying ancient yoga texts and then seeing how your practice fits into these texts?
10) Can you go 30 days of completely surrendering yourself to this practice no matter what the outcomes?
Which ones are easy and which ones bring up issues for you? In classical yoga, the above is what is asked of you for your whole lifespan. It is very challenging even for a day. I am not saying I am anywhere near close to achieving these on any given day. But to aspire to do these for 30 days will bring about profound positive change in your life much more than trying to do Eka Pada Rajakapotasana. It will be much more difficult than Eka Pada Rajakapotasna too.