Lately I’ve been a big fan of 30 day challenges- it all started in January when I did Sugar Free January and 30 Days of Yoga (I couldn’t pick just one, so I ended up doing both). I have wanted to blog about it since I started my challenges, but couldn’t figure out the right format- until now!
Committing to 30 days was incredibly attainable. Since I have ALL OF THE hobbies (meaning I frequently stretch myself too thin), I gave myself permission to put other interests on hold while I delved deeply into just one topic per month. I found that since I’m not switching gears so often, I was getting better results and making more discoveries quicker.
Without further ado, every week for the next month will feature 10 things I’ve learned from a certain topic 🙂
10 Things I learned from doing yoga for 30 days:
- Your body is different every day- Yoga with Adriene frequently mentions this. Appreciate the days when your body is like an olympic athlete, and laugh at the days when your engine is stalling.
- Meet yourself where you’re at. Instead of being frustrated with your performance, accept that today is a little different and that’s okay. Be patient and forgive yourself.
- Focus on your breath. If you tune into your breath and just focus on breathing, everything seems much better.
- Play. Sometimes you fall when you do a yoga pose, and that’s okay. Just have a giggle and get back up.
- Your body is always being supported by the earth, which I find kind of comforting. The earth is always there for you.
- Let go of everything that has happened in the day, and ‘wring’ yourself out like a sponge with a good stretch. You’ll feel much better.
- Listen to yourself, the answer you need is inside you.
- Give thanks to your body and what it can do. To quote Neutral Milk Hotel, “how strange it is to be anything at all”
- Give yourself time to warm up and grow. There’s a reason yoga starts with gentle stretches, you don’t have to accelerate too fast.
- Even if you can’t do a pose right away, with dedicated practice (AKA doing it for 30 days in a row) anything is possible.