Never in my life, did I think I would be writing this; to say that I did yoga every day for 30 days… Okay, let me explain a little more. I suck at completing challenges, like a lot. Normally I get about five days in, and that’s it, that’s the challenge done. But obviously, this time was different.
So, what happened, and what did I do?
The 30 days of yoga challenge
Let’s start with the challenge. What did I do? Well, initially, I wanted to do a change solely focusing on flexibility… We’ll get to that eventually. But then as it was coming up to June, I knew Adriene from Yoga with Adriene would be releasing her June challenge, and I thought why not? So, that’s the challenge I did! It’s called Expand and if you’re interested in completing it yourself here’s the playlist link.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. The main thing I wanted to do was get through the full 30 days. I was hoping for more flexibility and peace of mind. If you’re interested in finding out if I got those, keep on reading.
Day one: Yoga For Risk Takers
Beginning the challenge was exciting. I was eager to get on the mat, and it felt good to take some time out of my day to flow. I was slightly concerned over the fact that I had a knee injury.
Day two: Yoga For Creating Space
The fact that my knee was stopping me from running really allowed me to slow down and take the time to move differently and I was thankful for that.
Day three: Pranayama Potion
I wasn’t expecting this session to be what it was. It was a little harder to get through because I like moving and being still is challenging. Although, it felt good to be on the mat. I felt calmer.
Day four: Yoga For Connection
From what I can remember, I enjoyed this flow. My knee wasn’t hurting like I thought it would. All I knew is that I wanted to commit fully to this challenge.
Day five: Third Chakra Yoga
I’m not one for longer sessions unless they’re in a studio setting. So, I struggled a bit to get through this one. I felt challenged due to my tight muscles and because of the length.
Day six: Awaken The Artist Within
Another longer session. I had my darling cat John sit with me and make himself known. He doesn’t like voices from my phone and enjoys trying to distract me.
Day seven: Yoga For Flexible Mind and Body
I was excited to do this one. Not only was it new to Adriene’s channel, but it was also shorter. I also noticed how much easier downward dog has become (my shoulders are opening up more).
Day eight: Crow Practice
Let’s just say I would love to be able to do crow easily. Adriene makes it look so smooth. The session itself felt good.
Day nine: Yoga For The Spine
Oh my goodness, my back did feel good after this one. The number of crunches I felt while flowing – my back is always incredibly tight and often enough painful. Although, I did struggle with the length of the session.
Day 10: Yoga For Gut Health
A slower session, but it felt nice. It was shorter and wasn’t strenuous. Nice and easy. Coming to the mat is easier now, which makes me excited to keep going.
Day 11: Yoga Stretch
My mind wandered a little bit. I wasn’t fully into the practice, and I think I just wasn’t able to connect with myself.
Day 12: Yoga For Self Discipline
This one was tough, I wasn’t feeling it and the fact that it was the longest out of all the sessions made it harder.
Day 13: Yoga To Gain Perspective
I’d completed this session before, so, I roughly knew what to expect. I felt strong and grounded – which was such a nice feeling to end the day on.
Day 14: Sunrise Yoga
I honestly cannot believe I made it this far. Yoga single day. Coming to the mat for myself. It felt nice having a shorter session. My plank feels stronger and I’m feeling better about myself again.
Day 15: Yoga For Upper Back Pain
Something nice and easy.
Day 16: Core Strength Ritual
This session had my abs sore for days, which surprised me (in all honesty).
Day 17: Head & Heart Reset
I don’t think I was feeling this session. If I can remember correctly. I felt tight and unable to loosen up.
Day 18: Freedom Flow
I didn’t really enjoy the style of this flow. So, thankfully it was a shorter session.
Day 19: Head Stand Yoga Pose
I was hesitant about this one. I didn’t know what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed learning the foundations of headstands.
Day 20: Yoga Morning Fresh
I held off for most of the day, so it was evening fresh rather than morning. My own fault for putting it off.
Day 21: Up Your Connect
I went on holiday, but still managed to stick to it, without a mat.
Day 22: Fundamentals of Ease
I enjoyed this session. I did it while also watching SBS Food in the background and it was a nice way to end the day.
Day 23: Feel Good Flow
If I can remember correctly, I enjoyed this one.
Day 24: Yoga For Cyclists
After sitting in a car for most of the day, it felt good to stretch.
Day 25: Foundations of Shoulder Stand
Time got away from me, and I missed my first session of the month.
Day 26: Yoga For Relaxation
Relaxation is the word. It felt nice. I felt good on the mat.
Day 27: Yoga To Shift Perspective
I don’t think I wanted to be on the mat. It was harder to get. I was happy for the session to be over.
Day 28: Yoga For Gardeners
I didn’t end up doing this session as time got away from me.
Day 29: Street Yoga
Not what I expected, but thankful it was short as I had to go to work.
Day 30: Yoga Party
I was excited to finish the challenge. This session felt easier complete.
Wow, there you have it. The last 30 days summarised in a few sentences. Now, to go a little more in-depth as to what happened:
In terms of flexibility, I tried to take a before and after, but my after was influenced by some incredibly tight and sore legs after getting back into the gym. So, while I noticed an improvement in my flexibility and movement, I also noticed a huge mental shift.
I feel so much better. While not every day was easy to get on the mat, and I didn’t enjoy every session. But I always seemed to feel a certain calm on the mat. I feel stronger mentally and physically.
I also had hoped to film a YouTube video to go along with this challenge, but it wasn’t up to what I was hoping for so into the trash it goes.
Okay wow, what a long post, but that’s my yoga journey so far. It’s been a very on and off journey over the years, and I’m really hoping to stick to it and keep on practising. While I missed two days of this challenge, I’m incredibly proud of myself for sticking with it. I’m ready to take on anything now.
And if you’re interested in any of the benefits from practising, I have a blog post on this which you can read here.
Do you do practice and/or would you like to?