One click of the Open app to start a meditation and we’re served the Lauryn Hill quote, “How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?” Immediately, we know we’re in the right place.
While we’re all for Veganuary and Dry January, true transformation is in your daily routine, and that’s why we’ve embraced just one New Year’s challenge for 2023.
If you’re looking for a challenge that’ll nourish and strengthen your mind and emotions this year, join us for Open’s Meditation and Breathwork Challenge starting January 1.
Meet Open: The Studio Hosting The Challenge
Open is a mindfulness studio for everyone. A digital and physical space to explore your edge through breathwork, meditation, movement, and sound. The Open Method combines contemplative practice, nervous system regulation, and mindful fitness – to master your mind. They’re known for their incredible community and making the ancient wisdom and modern science of mindfulness feel approachable, for anyone, at any level.
Join Us For Open’s New Year Meditation Challenge
One thing we know for sure, when our mind and emotions are calm and grounded, all of our other routine and relationships are improved as well. The time-tested benefits of a daily meditation practice have never been more appealing and we’re ready to embrace them.
Open’s January Meditation and Breathwork Challenge includes 31 days of 10 minute rituals – and it’s free.
On January 1, 2023, the challenge will begin with a focus on contemplation and deep breathing. Plan to start the new year feeling more resilient, grounded and connected to self. Trust us when we say that this challenge will leave you feeling more enabled to tackle any resolutions or goals you’d like to add on top!
Each day throughout the month, you’ll have a new meditation and optional journaling prompt. Every week you’ll be presented with a theme to support your momentum through the 31 days:
+ Week 1 RESET YOUR MIND
Breath awareness + Contemplation
+ WEEK 2 SET GOALS
Balancing breath + Self-inquiry
+ WEEK 3 DEVELOP DISCIPLINE
Energizing breath + Somatic mindfulness
+ WEEK 4 UNLOCK A NEW PERSPECTIVE
Down-regulative breath + Visualization
During the free challenge you’ll also have unlimited access to Open’s extensive library of meditations and breathworking exercises (plus all of their yoga, Pilates, and HIIT classes to enhance your results!).
One of our favorite parts is the ability to track your progress in the app. It makes creating a new habit fun and easy. Choose to practice on your own or with the app’s super-engaged live community, with music or without. It’s completely on your schedule so you can find the best time each day that suits your lifestyle.
This challenge is all about awakening your mind to the possibilities of the entire year ahead, and exactly what we need in the first 31 days of 2023 to tune in and bliss out.
Open’s Co-Founder Manoj Dias says it best:
“Yes, the new year is a good time to take up a new habit and commit to your wellbeing. But no, you don’t need to be a better version of you. You are good, whole, and complete just as you are – no matter what you have done or what you’re going through.
Sure, we could all use a little improvement, but I invite you to take up any new resolution with a sense of personal wholeness. This is ultimately what a mindfulness practices helps us to embrace.”
The Benefits of Meditation + Breathwork
The science on meditation and breathwork are getting more and more extensive. We’re aiming to tap in to scientifically-proven benefits like these:
+ Reduction of age-related brain degeneration
+ Improvement of cognitive function such as concentration and memory
+ Reduction of stress and anxiety
+ Stimulation of the vagus nerve for calming the nervous system
+ Increased energy and uplifted mood
+ Higher quality of sleep
If you’re struggling with all of the weird challenges that the last few years have brought, and the continued uncertainty of such turbulent times, there’s no better practice to develop than one that is designed to help you find calm waters within, no matter the weather outside.
Like all good habits, learning to make them consistent is key. A daily meditation practice can be absolutely life-changing when it comes to our mental clarity, nervous system health, sleep schedules, and overall well-being.
Finding a meditation app is a lot like finding a partner: it’s all about the fit factor. We think TCM readers will love Open as much as we do: Their chic, tranquil practice spaces are transporting. The instructors feel like friends. And the music selection is incredible, including collaboration with artists like The XX and CKAY.
To join, sign up for free here. Everyone who completes the challenge will also be entered to win a spot at one of their upcoming in-person retreats — a weekend valued at $2-5k! The challenge begins January 1 – we hope to see you there as we uplevel our care for our own mental health and wellbeing in 2023!
This story is brought to you in partnership with Open. From time to time, TCM editors choose to partner with brands we believe in to bring our readers special offers. All material on The Chalkboard Mag is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programs.