The next ten days of the Zero to Yogi in 30 Days Challenge showed off a slightly more accepting and less competitive attitude. What? Yoga didn’t always have to mean a 40-minute inner battle to see just how flexible or balanced I could be?
I continued to practice [almost] everyday, but often that practice meant a fifteen-minute sun salutation or hatha sequence. Stressing myself out over finding “enough time” to practice fully everyday isn’t worth the benefits yoga otherwise brings. My solution? Chill the heck out.
I found myself much more stable in the poses, and my cold flexibility was greater.
Each day I completed a morning practice, I went into the rest of the day feeling energized, like my body was awake. I recommend this quick little video for a simple yet enjoyable all-levels morning practice.
There were some days that were simply too full to take that time out and practice traditionally on a mat. On those days, the only free time I had was typically after an oversized meal, which, uh, let’s just say doesn’t miss with downward dog or headstand. These days, I completed a short 10-minute hatha sequence in bed before going to sleep. I fell asleep quickly and slept soundly.
There were other days when a full, traditional practice fit the bill, and I became particularly fond of another of Esther Ekhart’s videosAerial at Midtown Yoga with Grace
The masochist I am, i attended aerial yoga once again, but found it substantially easier this week. Have my arm muscles truly bulged over the last week? Is my core that much more steel-like? It appears so. I actually had quite a bit of fun, and my balance was stronger than ever. I did savasana lying down, instead of rocking back in forth in the silks, and so I felt less like throwing up the rest of the evening afterwards. Progress on so many fronts.
Alas, I missed a day, without even truly realizing it. Lying down with the lights off one night, I gasped and turned to O,
“I DIDN’T DO YOGA TODAY!!!”
He thoughts I was concerned about being viewed as a failure, someone who takes their word lightly and hates their readers. Of course not! I know I’d hate someone who didn’t slip up even a little bit.
My main concern? I promised myself a 1/4″ thick yoga mat and a pair of Lululemon Wunder Unders if I went 30 days straight.