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40 Days

By Joe Hauger

Yogi’s like numbers.
There are, 7 Chakras, 8 Limbs of Yoga, 10 Bodies, 108 Sun Salutations, and of course we do 40 Day Challenges.

Why the number 40?

  • Life begins at 40!
  • 40 weeks in a pregnancy.
  • The 40 hour work week.
  • Our skin cells take 40 days to renew.
  • Ships crews were kept in quarantine for 40 days to stop spread of disease.
  • 40 years is an epoch or a generation change.
  • It rained for 40 Days and 40 nights on Noah during the flood.
  • You have to be 40 Years old to study the Kabbalah.
  • Moses spent 40 Days on Mount Sinai.
  • Muhammad was 40 years old when the archangel Gabriel spoke to him.
  • Christ fasted in the desert for 40 Days and 40 nights.
  • The Buddha meditated for 49 days. (9 more for extra points)
  • Budhidharma showed them all up and meditated in a cave for 9 years….but that is another story.

20 Days to break negative habits and 20 to solidify the new ones is the 40 day challenge!

On July 18th we will be starting our 40 Challenge that will finish on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday Celebration, Sunday August 26 starting at 4:00am. Yes, 4:00am!

Looking for ideas of what your challenge should be?

  • 40 Kundalini classes in 40 Days.
  • Ask your teacher for ideas.
  • 40 Days of 2.5 hours of Long Ek Ong Kars (not for the light hearted)

Here are some hints and ideas to help you succeed in your 40 Day Challenge:

  • Get up early and do it first thing in the morning.
  • Start small and simple. Don’t attempt a 2 hour complicated kriya as you will just get confused and sleepy in the early mornings.
  • Find a 40 Day Challenge buddy. Talk each day to help each other through!
  • Write it down. Use a journal to mark you have completed a day, and if you wish add any thoughts or feelings on your practice.
  • Commit to yourself and your practice.
  • Keep up… and you will be kept up!

Remember that your 40-Day Challenge is for YOU.  So do it for yourself and no other reason. If you are tired because you are not used to the morning practice just take “40 winks”, aka: a short nap.

See you on the mat.

Sat Nam,