Saturday, January 5, 2019

One Year of Yoga Challenges Completed!!

First Pose of 2018                               Last Pose of 2018

I realized yesterday that I completed a yoga challenge (with time off for injuries) every month of 2018!

I learned a lot in that time about yoga and about myself:
  • I learned I could push myself out of my comfort zones and attempt poses that made me either physically or emotionally uncomfortable (I'm looking at you Lion Pose!!).
  • I learned that I could follow through with a weekly, monthly and now a yearly plan!
  • I learned that I truly love yoga!
  • I learned which poses were my favorites and which I hated (crow and fish fall into this area) and discovered that if I added the "hated"poses to my daily routine that I would stop hating them and actually improve on them.
  • I learned that my body was capable of a lot more than I was giving it credit for.
  • I learned that you don't have to be in amazing shape, at a perfect weight or super flexible to do yoga and enjoy it.
  • I learned that there are a lot of challenges out there and all are worth trying out.
  • I learned that there were poses I could do even on high pain days.
  • I learned to listen more to my body and take days off when I needed to.
  • I learned that I want to keep doing yoga and get more serious about it.
  • I learned how to put together my own challenge and run it on my Facebook group (with some help).
  • I learned that there are many yoga lovers out and connected with quite a few of them online.
  • I learned that yoga can be relaxing or challenging depending on what you were doing.
  • I learned how to put together a long daily routine and added to it frequently throughout the year as I came upon more poses I wanted to practice.
  • I learned how to utilize blocks and straps and have added a wheel as well (still learning to use that one).
  • I learned that I love doing yoga outside.
  • I learned that Gabriel has now taken well over a thousand photos of me doing yoga to post online (we just figured this out lol).
  • And finally I learned that I have so much more to learn and experience with yoga than one year can accomplish and one pose a day is just the tip of the iceberg.
I plan to continue the monthly challenges for this coming year as well as work on my daily routine and, hopefully, add in some yoga classes somewhere in there. 

This year I really want to focus on doing the poses correctly by looking them up first and watching videos/reading instructions and just dive deeper into the yoga world.

Bring on 2019! Namaste!

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