At the beginning of the month, Sassy posted a 25 Day Yoga Challenge; as most of you know, I have a growing obsession with this practice, and was 110% IN.
While I’m lucky to have a job that allows me to explore different studios around town for a reduced price, I also started realizing how easy it is to just do my own thing at HOME. I could do a forward fold when I felt stressed or tight; go into downward dog and some half-pigeon stretches after a run; practice my handstand near the wall when I have some free time. Only a handful of days found me ready for bed and suddenly realizing I hadn’t put in my Yoga time yet! A few trees, or prayer twists, or balancing poses before bed? Done.
Throughout the month I’ve found myself seeking out classes more often than runs (I’ll need to work on a balance there, with training starting up again!). It’s normal for me to practice 2-3 times a week, and still crave more. I can feel the improvements every day, and it’s catching my challenge-seeking attention!
What is it about Yoga that keeps me coming back for more?
It’s just you and your muscles, figuring out how to work together and trust each other. It’s a challenge every time, pushing away frustration or anger to let in acceptance and grace. It’s pushing me to try something different, and find out where strength can take me. It’s folding me into positions I never thought possible with my tight runner-hips and stubborn personality. It brings something new and different to the routine; every class is unique.
It’s teaching me to focus, breathe, be introspective and take things in stride.
Were you in on the challenge? What do you take away from Yoga?