Today is International Yoga Day
Today is International Yoga Day and what better way to honour this day than to share my 30 day yoga journey! I had only ever done two yoga classes in my life, about 5 years ago, so I thought I would challenge myself to doing 30 days of yoga to see how my body responds. I am a weight training junkie. I loved crossfit and running and everything fast, so you must know this was quite a scary idea! I know for a fact that my hamstrings are naturally tight and that downward dog was going to be my nemesis, but I pushed on, literally.
I had heard great things about Tree Natural in Umhlanga and that they had a great unlimited package for a month. That sold me on this idea and I signed up! What really sold me on the idea was Dr Megan Medina. You know those two yoga classes I had been to all those years before? Well this were taught by Megan and I LOVED THEM! I loved them so much that I had never forgotten her name. I only stopped because I switched gyms.
I went bout 4 days per week, sometimes 5 when I could make it. I was challenged mentally as well as physically. The first night I was zonked! I wanted to go to sleep at 6pm! The same the next day, but after the third day I was already sleeping so much better than I was before. My body was clearly in shock, because it was doing things it had never done before. I found it amazing that I could deadlift 105kg’s but doing something as simple as triangle pose had me shaking uncontrollably.
I learnt so much about myself through this challenge. I don’t think we challenge ourselves enough. I think we like comfort, safety and the familiar. We don’t push the boundaries enough. We don’t respect our bodies enough to know that it’s got us, it can handle us, and it will always trust us. We just have to trust it back.
30 days of yoga taught me:
- Yoga is hard
- Yoga is not just about flexibility
- Yoga can get your heart rate right up
- Yoga works muscles you didn’t know existed
- Poses look easy on instagram but are really really hard
- Yoga works the body and the mind
- I felt more calm and focussed during the day
- I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much
- Your body starts craving the movement
- Your mind is less cluttered
- Your body responds quicker than you think
- You sleep so well
- You are motivated to push a little deeper each time
- You learn to love the guided mediation of the teacher
- You start following yogi accounts on instagram
- You want to be better
- Your flexibility improves in one month
I must say, all in all I was very happy with my progress! I took some before and after pics to note the slight improvements. I was really happy to move from using blocks or a strap, to not. It really is the small improvements that make a difference!
I am so excited to keep going on this journey and get to where I want to be. I know that will take a long time, but I am really happy with the progress so far.
How did you get into yoga? Do you practice at home or a studio? Are you taking part in International Yoga Day in any way?