Commit to Yoga Every Day for a Month — Here’s Some Tips to Make It Work!
Back in October, I did 30 straight days of yoga—in addition to the 15 minutes that I do every damn morning (and have for almost 3 years!). And I admit, it was a major challenge when things got busy. But it was 110 percent worth it, because I learned a ton. While I’m not going to run an online challenge, per se, I would love to invite you guys to challenge yourselves to add some yoga to each day—and let me know how it goes, how you feel, or what road blocks you run into. With the New Year coming, this is honestly an awesome resolution to kickstart a healthier year!
If you’re up for it, I have a few tips‚ and I have a lot more on this challenge and how it benefitted my running and my life over on MapMyRun.com!
Keep It Short to Start
I had grand plans of hour-long classes each day, but that wasn’t realistic. I did a few long sessions throughout the month, but mostly, I focused on 30 minutes and actually took the time to enjoy that 30 minutes rather than stressing about cramming an hour in. (If you can commit to a couple of real-life, or at least, longer, sessions each week, that’s awesome. I know a lot of people really struggle to practice at home with all the distractions.)
Find the Right App
There are TONS of great options out there for yoga videos and classes—and tons of them are free. I decided to use YogaGlo, and the app has been amazing. It’s not cheap ($19/month) but they have a free trial and I suggest taking advantage of it. There are over 4,000 classes on there, they’re all really good quality, and bonus, you can sort by all types of things, from length to style, and even search for things like ‘travel’ or ‘PMS.’ If you aren’t ready to spend $$$, I’d highly recommend taking Day 1 to bookmark a few interesting ones (I love Tara Stiles’ YouTube Channel) so you always have one on hand and don’t waste time starting and stopping videos every day.
When You Don’t Want To… You Need To
The day you want to skip your class is likely the day that you’ll benefit the most. Just trust me on this one. Even if you have to google / search on YogaGlo for ‘easy restorative class’ and spend most of the 20 minutes in child’s pose, you’ll feel better and clearer. It’s always worth taking the time, even if you have just 5 minutes to do a few stretches without a video.
Make It Nice
My favorite session came at the end of the month when I had the house to myself, and a new yoga mat and block. I decided to get fancy and plugged in an essential oil diffuser that my amazing friend Kate had gotten me for my birthday, and used the eucalyptus oil. It was honestly the nicest I felt the entire month, because it felt really special. Going forward, I want to do that a lot more frequently! (I couldn’t find the exact diffuser I have, but this one has great reviews and comes with a starter set of oils!)
Don’t Quit If You Miss a Day
The biggest mistake people make with challenges is throwing in the towel after skipping a single class. Don’t fall into that trap. Just get back to it tomorrow.
Have fun—and let me know how it goes!
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