I recently completed my first 30-day yoga challenge, and it was an incredible experience for the mind, body and soul. I began my yoga journey in October 2016, and now I can’t imagine life without it. Here’s a recap of my experience with the 30 day challenge at Full Circle Yoga in Winter Park, Florida.
The challenge was to take 26 yoga classes in 30 days between January 21 to February 19. I signed up because I’ve never done much yoga, thought it would be a cool challenge, and why not? As an avid exerciser, I thought it would be difficult to commit that much time to yoga when I was used to doing intense cardio and weight sessions more frequently than yoga workouts. However, I was wrong. Yoga may not incorporate heavy weights, screaming instructors or giant machines, but it’s tough!
My favorite aspect of yoga is the way it tones your body and your mind.
Yoga is a work-out to work within. By breathing through difficult poses, you learn to have gratitude for your healthy body and for those around you that are breathing and flourishing as well. Yoga is now part of my daily routine. I choose to make it to the mat every day for mental clarity, peace, and for the glow that it allows me to spread to the world around me. I’ve come to feel such peace and content with my body now that I know that I don’t have to beat it down with grueling, competitive workouts to make myself feel beautiful.
Yoga may not be for everyone, but it’s definitely for me. The practice has changed my life because it gives me the strength to breath through challenges and to be a better, more patient, and even happier version of myself. It doesn’t matter how “skilled” you are at the poses, what matters is what you take with you from your practice and spread to the world.