I have made it through 31 days of yoga and beyond! Though I definitely feel the benefits, it hasn’t always been easy. There have been days where I didn’t want to hit the mat and days that I wanted to quit early, but I didn’t. I stuck by the program I picked and I couldn’t be happier.
I have done yoga before, but took time off from a regular practice so this was just what I needed to get back on track. This year, I am in the mindset that you only have today, so quit putting this off and get it done. Regret doesn’t look good on anyone.
Some of the benefits I have noticed:
- Less anxiety.
- Better sleep patterns ( I have insomnia).
- Better breathing.
- More toned through out my body.
- More acceptance of myself and others.
- Better digestion. Way less bloating which is a huge plus!
- Fewer “blue” moments.
- More flexibility. My flexibility has always been questionable which got in the way of dance in the past. It has been theorized that I gained muscle too quickly as a child and never gained the flexibility because of this. What can I say? I was a hyper child!
It’s amazing what a little yoga practice can do even in the span of only one month. The benefits are so amazing. I have been here before, but sticking with things long term have always been a struggle for me, which brings me to my cons:
- Doing yoga daily is no easy feat for someone like myself. I really am not great at sticking with things which in many ways can be a downfall as you can imagine. This was a real struggle at times. Especially when going out on the weeknights. There were times that I came home to honor the practice, but it was not the best circumstances. I like to get my drink on here and there.
- Also, some days you just aren’t feeling it making the practice counterproductive. This happened a few times. I would come home tired from the day only to find that I had one more thing I needed to do, making it a chore. Once I started it, I felt better, but somedays the best therapy is not to do yoga.
- Pushing things too far. I am in decent shape, but sometimes, I tend to move quickly into poses as I am a very competitive person, even with myself! Also, some of my postures were off, especially in my neck causing some strain. Even though I know I needed to take it easy, I would push it again the next day instead of working on my problems spots or resting my neck. I am a go getter for sure, but not always in the best way possible!
So where does a girl go from here? Onto the next month! I would like to continue my streak though February, but I may ease up a little if needed. A break here and there would be beneficial and I shouldn’t look at it as a failure if I decide to let a day go. It’s better than making something I want to succeed at become a burden, but with that being said, I have to make sure I don’t get too conformable and let it go completely.
*In case you were wondering what program I used, it was one that I have watched periodically on YouTube. The course is called Yoga with Adrienne. Adrienne, is the type of person I could see myself hanging out with over a few beers on the weekend. She is very chill, very likeable and very down to earth.
What I like about her yoga sessions are that they are set for all levels. She really focuses a lot on the self and how you can improve as a whole being—mentally as well as physically. Because of this, her videos tend to go at a slower pace than some of the others. Also, she is really great at explaining the best ways for people at various levels to hit postures. Very positive experience.
For me, I do feel as if her lessons can be a little slow and less challenging for me, but that is my preference and skill level. Also, there are a lot of postures that occur on the knees, so if you have bad knees, be prepared with extra padding. I personally am not a fan of these poses as much as others, but again these are personal preferences. That being said, I would continue with her any day of the week. She really is an enjoyable presence.
So, here’s to another 28 days!