Reflections: 30 Day Yoga Challenge
In my February Goals post, I shared that my self-care goal was to complete Yoga with Adriene's 30 Day Yoga Journey. I got into yoga a few years ago, but stopped after ending my gym membership. It has been something that I've wanted to get back into but haven't taken the time to do so. Now that I have started, I don't plan on stopping. I feel more committed to it this time around since self-care is a priority of mine. I am all about doing what makes me feel good! Here are a few of my thoughts on the yoga journey.
1. It's best in the morning.
I started waking up earlier to do yoga in the morning. It's a great way to start the day! I found that I have more energy and my body feels more loose. Yoga gives me a peaceful and clear mind. I love beginning the day with my mind and body feeling their best. It was difficult for me to find the time and energy later in the day. I have read that yoga enhances sleep, so I am going to experiment with that.
2. My posture has improved.
I have been sitting up straight, instead of slouching. I'm such a bad sloucher, especially when I'm bored or tired. Now I am sitting with a straight back and open chest. This has helped relieve lower back pain that I often feel. There's also something about standing up tall that increases confidence!
3. I'm constantly stretching.
The postures in yoga help align, straighten, and strengthen the body. The deep breaths help you lengthen your muscles, which can feel amazing. I don't know about the science behind stretching and what exactly makes it feel so good. But I am constantly doing yoga stretches throughout the day.
4. I feel better than ever.
I feel like a new woman. Yoga focuses on deep and conscious breathing. I feel more calm and relaxed. Yoga helps you find your inner peace. My body feels lighter and stronger. Even on the days that I feel sore, it is the type of sore that feels like progress.
5. I might be obsessed!
Last week, I started practicing yoga twice a day. I have spent a lot of time reading (and subscribing to) yoga blogs and exploring YouTube channels. I have a list of recommended books that I want to read. I also made a list of poses that I want to perfect. Am I obsessed?
I recommend yoga as a self-care practice. It's beneficial for both your mind and body. It is exercise and meditation. One of the many pros of yoga is that you can do it at your own pace. Yoga is not a competitive or intense exercise. There are modifications for each pose, which allows you go at your own comfort level. A common misconception is that you have to be flexible to do yoga. This is not true. Do not be discouraged if you are not able to touch your toes. With practice, the poses will continue to get easier and you will be able to reach further and further. I am already noticing progress in myself.
Do you currently practice yoga? If so, what do you enjoy most about it... Is anyone interested in beginning yoga? What’s stopping you?