Happy Friday, everyone. I’ve been looking forward to today all week, as not only is it the start of the weekend but its also the whenI finally get to share with you something I’ve been up to for the last month. That’s right, I’m talking about Yoga with Adriene’s 31-Day “Revolution” yoga challenge. For those of you who missed my previous mentions, the Revolution challenge was run YouTube yogi (and fabulous human) Adriene Mishler through the month of January. With a new video every day, the challenge helped those of us who participated deepen our practice while unlocking presence, love, ease, and more. It was, in short, a magical process. For that reason, I have to admit today’s post is a little bit selfish: In order to relive the yogic highs of the last month, I wrote about five things I learned from 31 days of yoga. So sit back, relax, and drink in the zen…:)
What I Learned from 31 Days of Yoga
The Loving Place – Despite my genuine love for the wellness space, I’ve always struggled to approach things like movement and eating from a place of love as opposed to punishment. It was only once I start the I finally started to reconnect with my body through compassion and self-love. Going forward, I want to continue to carry this amazing spirit with me both on the mat and off.
Trust Thyself – A few days into the challenge, I found myself copiously balancing in Warrior 3. Just when I thought I could finally set my foot down, Adriene’s voice told me transition my raised leg back into high lunge…without behind. I took a deep breath and followed her lead, 100% expecting to loose my footing. But guess what?! I made it to high lunge without skipping a beat. This was a proud moment for me, and one that I got to enjoy again and again as this sequence appeared in more routines. Lesson learned? Trust in oneself is the key to freedom.
It Gets Easier – I did a post a few weeks ago about finding comfort in low lunge, aka what used to be one of my toughest poses. And while I tried to use the Revolution challenge to nourish my mind first and foremost, it was amazing to see my body adapt and grow more flexible with each passing week. From cobra pose to Warrior 1 and beyond, it never failed to make my day whenever I discovered newfound ease in a pose. Now if only I could get tree…;).
You Don’t Need a Goal to Have Direction – As those of you who read this blog regularly probably know, I’m a big goal-setter. I’m, like, really into goals, so much so that I assumed I needed specific targets in order to really accomplish something. With this challenge, however, I was totally goalless. As it turns out, having the freedom to pursue the 31 days without a set accomplishment in mind allowed me to stay “in the moment” and immerse myself in each sequence. The“ride the wave” mindset is new to me, but I can definitely see myself applying it off the mat, too.
Yoga. Is. Life. – When I started this challenge on January 1st, I already knew I loved yoga. I liked how it made me feel, what it did for my body, and the spirituality behind the practice. What I didn’t know, however, was how quickly yoga would become an essential part of my routine. All day, I counted down until I could plop in front of the new video and get myself into that space of calm and light. Even on days when I wasn’t feeling it, I always left the practice feeling renewed. Going forward, I hope to continue to build up my home practice as part of my daily ritual. If you have any tips for how to do so, please leave tips below! I’d love any and all advice. 🙂
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I hope you enjoyed this look at what I learned from 31 Days of yoga (you can find more ‘what I learned’ posts here). I cannot say enough good things about this experience…if you’re open to it, I seriously recommend getting your comfy clothes on and giving it a go. A month sounds like a long time, but it will fly by. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even discover a new passion like I did.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! As we say in yoga…
(The divine light within me salutes the divine light within you.)