I did it. Quick! Someone get me a trophy.
I decided to do yoga everyday for 30 days just to see if I’d feel any different. Conclusion: I did.
I’ve been doing yoga for about 10 years now usually 2-3 times a week. If you watched me during yoga, you might think I’m lying because I am no where close to this…
Because this pose is the peak of my expertise.
I took my first yoga class when I was living in China. I did not understand ANY words spoken during those classes, but I was able to somewhat blend in. That’s a lie. I didn’t. I stood out like a sore thumb, but I went anyways.
This has nothing to do with yoga, but this picture deserves to be seen. I also took workout classes instructed by this man. Holy amount of fun in those classes, and once again, I never understood a word. I didn’t have to though because his high kicks spoke for themselves.
Now let’s get back to my month of downward dogs. I did all of this at home. All I had was my mat, YouTube, and a dream. My favorite yoga “classes” on YouTube are Yoga with Adriene, Heidi Kristoffer, and Lauren Eckstrom. I’ve tried a few others before but didn’t like them as much. Adriene actually has a whole series of 30 days of yoga with something different for each day. If you ever wanted to start out and try yoga, I’d start with her videos. The other two are a little more intense.
Some days it was 45 minutes, some days it was 15 minutes, but it was mostly about 30 minutes each day. This was the easiest “challenge” I’ve ever given myself. Maybe that was because I was actually enjoying it, but it didn’t feel like a chore like working out can sometimes feel.
What I got from it:
-I felt/feel great! This seems like a given because I don’t know how you couldn’t when you’re doing something active but also calming and lots of stretching everyday.
-I lost 2 pounds. Is that a lot? No. However, it was a pleasant surprise.
-My legs and arms seem noticeably toner to me. Now you wouldn’t mistake me for Cameron Diaz, but it makes me happy.
-My core feels stronger.
Verdict: I would recommend this to a friend.
Am I going to win a Nobel Prize for getting in a warrior II pose everyday? Probably not. However, sometimes it feels good to challenge yourself a little. Maybe it will encourage you to give this a try. Or you might try to walk/run everyday for 30 days, cut out sugar for a month, see if you can finish the entire series of Gilmore Girls in 30 days…. you do you. (If you try and do the Gilmore Girls challenge, call me. I’ll join you.)
Now float to the top of your mat, open your heart, feel your connection to the earth, and honor where you are. 😉