I’m launching an ‘Ugly Yoga’ Challenge on 1st September 2019 and I really hope you’ll join me!
In just 5 minutes a day you can change your life and it won’t cost you a penny!
Read on to find out how!
WHAT IS UGLY YOGA
‘Ugly Yoga’ stems from my passionate belief that yoga isn’t about having the ‘perfect’ mat, clothes, body, posture (insert any other ‘perfection’ that’s ever put you off going to a yoga class).
It also doesn’t require you to have ‘perfect’ health either!
Instead, I believe yoga is about connecting with your heart and soul and moving your body in a way that nourishes YOU and your individual needs!
It really doesn’t matter how your poses ‘look’. What matters most is how they make you ‘feel’!
When I say ‘ugly yoga ’ I want you to think about the story of the ‘ugly duckling’ who transformed into a swan…your ‘ugly yoga’ too will transform you in ways you can’t even begin to imagine!
I’ve been practicing ‘ugly yoga’ for nearly 4 years. Before that, I used to go to yoga classes trying to do ‘perfect yoga’, I was training for London Marathon, I was also weight training and seeing a personal trainer. Admittedly, I was one of those yogis that was trying to appear ‘perfect’.
What unachievable bullshit!
In January 2016, aged just 30, I was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer.
Since then I’ve trained as a yoga teacher specialising in adult ashtanga yoga, children’s yoga, pregnancy yoga, pre and post natal yoga and baby yoga.
I have a colostomy bag, a pneumothorax (hole in my right lung) and lung tumours. I’ve have multiple organs removed during major surgery including a complete hysterectomy and splenectomy. Most importantly, I’m still alive!
To say I understand the human anatomy, holistic health and yoga would be a massive understatement! I can guarantee whatever you’re feeling…I’ve been there too!
BUT through it all I’ve done yoga every single day (yes, even when I was in hospital). I’ve taught classes and one to one and I’m now running yoga retreats in Scotland with Integrative Retreats.
I believe that yoga is for EVERYONE! And I get super frustrating with the western view that yoga has to look a certain way.
When I trained as a yoga teacher one of the fundamental aspects I was taught was about the philosophies of yoga and it’s role in nourishing us as a whole – our mind, body and spirit. We were never taught that yoga was about having washboard abs or ‘nailing’ a particular pose. That’s all ego led nonsense!
Understanding this important differentiation is something I reference as significant to my physical and emotional healing in my book ‘How Long Have I Got?’
When I stopped trying to do ‘perfect’ yoga and stopped comparing myself to others and what I couldn’t do, I discovered that my body was capable of so much more than I ever imagined!
I also discovered that 5 minutes each day doing yoga that nourished my body is far better than zero minutes!
Of course, some days I do more. Some days I do 90 minutes when I’m feeling good and in flow with my body! But I never set this as the goal. I always set the goal at a manageable and non threatening 5 minutes. Because we can do anything for 5 minutes…even when we feel rubbish and unmotivated!
So, I am starting a different kind of yoga challenge. One that doesn’t promise to get you doing a headstand in two weeks – although you might and that’s great if it feels nourishing for you.
Instead this challenge promises to help you connect with, love and learn from your unique and special body.
And, best of all, it’s suitable for everyone, regardless of your health situation or any other circumstances.
All you have to do is commit to 5 minutes of yoga every morning for 30 days.
Just 5 minutes.
You don’t need a yoga mat or fancy yoga clothes.
You don’t even need a yoga studio.
All you need is 5 minutes.
You can do ‘ugly yoga’ in your pjs or your gym clothes…hell you can even do it naked if you like (you badass you!)
You can do it in a chair, on your bed or even in your bathroom – I know that’s the secret place you busy parents hide from your kiddies when you need 5 minutes…yes you!
All you have to do is carve out 5 minutes each day where you put on some relaxing music (I have a free yoga playlist on Spotify under ‘Fi Munro Yoga’) and just stretch and move your body how it wants to move.
Some days you’ll do big stretches and lots of downward facing dogs, other days you might sit and gently twist your body from side to side. There might even be some days where you just lie on your back in shavasana for 5 minutes.
And do you know what? That’s all perfect!! As long as you are listening to what your body needs for at least 5 minutes then, I assure you, you are nailing ‘ugly yoga’ my lovely!
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Starting 1st September 2019 commit to just 5 minutes each day for one month where you stretch your body in ways that feel nourishing to you. That’s it!
Take pictures or videos or write about how ‘ugly yoga’ is making you feel and share it all with me using @fkmunro and #uglyyoga or #uglyyogachallenge
You’re going to be amazed at how different you feel! Seriously!
AND I’m going to join you too by posting live videos of my ‘ugly yoga’ each day across my social media channels.
Are you in?
Love, Fi xxx
Read more in my books
Book into one of my workshops.
Listen to my groundbreaking podcast on all podcast apps – search for ‘Live Like You Are Dying’
Book a place at one of my retreats.
Fi is Currently:
Listening to my yoga playlist on Spotify.
Feeling grateful for a day in the sea.
Loving life and the gift of being alive.
Admiring the sunflowers on my kitchen table.