So I did it. I did yoga (almost) every day this past month. I missed a couple of days because my body said no and one because I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until the next morning (Basically that never happens!)
Some nights it was the very last thing I did before settling in for the night, sometimes it was at lunch, other times it was a yoga of some sort class…but I did it.
- Some days I really didn’t want to do it, unless I hurt, I tried 10 minutes and often it extended into at least 20 minutes. I almost never felt worse after doing it. Most times I felt better about myself and the world around me. (Go gentle endorphins!)
- I really hate being in a “mirror” spot because it’s incredibly distracting. It also makes me hyper aware of the fact that I’m often the biggest person in the room. I try to focus on what I can do, what I need to work on, and how strong I am rather than how big I am.
- I can in fact clear my mind to nothing. It lasted 5 seconds at most, but I did it more than once. On the days I couldn’t, that was okay too.
- Unless “the girls” go away there are some poses that no matter how hard I try, I will not be able to achieve. Same goes for my tummy. I try anyway.
- Modifications are our friend, but it feels damn awesome not to need them.
- Mean girls are everywhere, even in yoga class, and it makes it even more challenging to let go of your day.
- Forgetting my hand towel really just sucks. My hands sweat way too much.
- Speaking of sweat, wiping it away and counting breaths does help let go of what’s bothering you. Specifically if you give each wipe of the sweat a specific thing.
- I can in fact, do hard things and be stinkin’ proud of myself when I do them.
- I actually like (hopefully) hot yoga best I think. This was a far cry from almost passing out and hating it the first few times I did it.
- It’s a heck of a workout and really takes some effort. I didn’t change anything else really, but I’m seeing more definition and a less fluff.
- I’m both more and less flexible than I thought I was.
- I like yoga more than I ever did before and while I might not go every day after today, I’m going to keep it up.
Did you do #julyoga this month? Do you have thoughts you’d like to share?
I’d like to add a little more if you have a few moments…
I think what I have taken away most from this month of yoga is that really it’s up to me to be there for my own reasons. Each class starts with the quiet assigning of an intention for that day’s practice. Mine started with “Make it thorough without falling over, throwing up, or passing out.” It morphed into other more focused thoughts such as, “Accept what’s going on at work and with so and so.” and “See if you can push the flexibility today.”
The other mental practice that I liked a lot was that it wasn’t “wrong” to be out of the moment and to be “doing it wrong”. It was okay for my brain to wander (it’s favorite activity!) so long as I acknowledged where it went and brought it back to the focus of that moment. I was able to do some sort of inspired soul searching (that I’m still working on) and take some time out of being a little upset with myself for the focus problems.
I got a lot out of this month and I’m very glad that I tried. I’ll never be perfect with yoga in my poses or myself, but it’s not about perfection. It’s about showing up and practicing that day.