One month ago, I bought an unlimited yoga pass to Y2Yoga and challenged myself to practice more yoga. Did I declare this challenge on the blog, as I have publically challenged myself to run more, run faster, stop biting my nails, save money, read often, be more romantic, learn to love vegetables, and dozens of other self-improvement projects? Nope. I just quietly and firmly declared to myself that I needed more namaste* in my life.
(*My favorite meaning on namaste: The divinity in me recognizes and respects the divinity in you.)
For $39.99, I had the option of attending dozens of interesting and unique yoga classes each week. I tackled Mixed Power (my favorite), Hot Vinyasa, Hot Yoga, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Basics, and Power 1 classes.
Over 30 days, I went to fourteen classes!
I walked away from my month of yoga feeling more in love with the practice than ever. Yoga has transformed my running. I recover SO much faster than I ever did before I started to practice regularly. And it’s given me a great sense of peace that I’m trying to learn how to practice “off the mat,” as they say.
Side benefit: 14 days of high planks, low planks, chaturangas, down-dogs, up-dogs, standing splits, half moons, and more trimmed my upper back and shoulder muscles. By no means am I jacked, but now my upper body is beginning to match the muscle definition I’ve got in my legs!
And, amazingly, I finally mastered crow and bird of paradise today! It was a killer way to end my month of yoga. These two poses have eluded me for years!
So – there you have it. Yoga rules. Namaste!
Pre-yoga snack was toast and buttah:
And afterwards, I had a lovely salad:
In the mix:
- Sweet potato
- Kidney Beans
- Sweet Potatoes
If you can believe it, I’m getting in the car right now for a one-day little trip. Can’t wait to show you where we go!
Are you a yogi? Why do you love it?