The year has started out a little crazier than anticipated, making it hard to stick to one’s goals. I have done yoga every day since January 1st. I almost skipped it yesterday due to a friend visiting the emergency room, but I came home, took a brief nap and got it done. I’m sticking to goals this year.
I used to do yoga every day, but due to life circumstances, I had to give up a few things. I loved how it made me feel physically and mentally. After a while, it really becomes an integral part of my life. When I quit, I really missed it, but sometimes life gets in the way. So this year, I didn’t let life stop my 31 day goal even if I was exhausted. Got to get it done!
I’m in decent shape body-wise. I’m thin, but would like to be more toned. So I will be adding cardio two times a week for the first month or two and possibly move it to three. I walk a lot, but even with my fast New York clip, it isn’t enough.
Yoga is amazing, but I do want to clarify that it is not enough for weight loss. It does help if that is what you need and is great for toning. But for me, the toning is secondary to the mental aspects–it really clears my mind and puts me on the right path in life.
I will say, because I was out of practice, my body was a little sore the first few days; especially in my abs, upper body and neck. The sore neck made it apparent that I was holding too much tension in that area and I stayed aware for the next few days of my posture and long lines. Today, the soreness is minimal and I am ready for the next day’s challenge. Also, what was once a chore is now becoming the thing I look most forward to in the day.
Lastly, I have ADHD and my mind wanders. The first few days I couldn’t wait to finish, but now, I am slowly getting more focused and able to stay on the mat longer without wanting to rush off of it. I am really beginning to enjoy the mat more and more.
Bring on the yoga!