30 day yoga challenge review

18th August 2015

30 day yoga challenge

I mentioned in one of my Weekend Blog posts that I had decided to take on a 30 day yoga challenge. I had been told by my doctor that yoga might help with my hip condition, so when I stumbled across 30 Days of Yoga on Yoga with Adriene’s YouTube channel I decided to give it ago.

Before I began I had some knowledge and experience of yoga, or at least I thought I did. Years ago I used the Wii Fit game to throw some yoga shapes, but when I started following yoga routines on YouTube I realised that yoga wasn’t just about the poses and positions. It’s also a lot to do with the way in which you move from one pose to the next.

The first couple of days of the challenge were tough and I wondered if I was going to see the challenge through to the end. I was incredibly stiff and weak.

I ended up in complete agony after some of the routines. For instance, when I first started doing downward facing dog my hands suffered a lot. My fingers were so use to being bent over a keyboard and mouse that they were rigid, and putting weight on them, forcing them to spread out, was painful. However, I fought on and the pain went away. I’ve noticed that my fingers and hands have got a lot more movement in them now.

One of the days involved working out the abs which resulted in pain in muscles I didn’t know existed. It hurt to breath and bend to sit down. I felt like an idiot because I inflicted the pain upon myself, but the following day I worked through the pain and I was back to normal in no time. But I learnt that abs aren’t my thing and so I wouldn’t be working on them again any time soon.

As the days went on I noticed myself getting stronger and more flexible, and I felt like my balance was improving.

Yoga forced me to relaxed and the 15 minutes to half an hour I spent on the mat each day went from feeling like a chore to being my favourite part of the day. Tyrone bought me a yoga mat (I previously used a thick blanket) and a yoga block which encouraged me to keep going.

After 30 days of yoga I still can’t get my feet flat on the mat in downward facing dog, I still can’t pick my body up from a low lunge with my left leg forward, and I still can’t touch my toes without bending my knees a lot, but then again I never expected to. I will never be able to do the moves as great as a yoga expert because of my hip condition, and I’m happy to accept that. I’m just happy that I’ve found a form of exercise that is relaxing, that I can do from home, and that will help my hip to get stronger. I promise to keep it up.

If you are looking for a way to work out but can’t be bothered to leave the house, I highly recommend yoga and particularly this challenge.

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  1. Yay! This couldn’t come at a better time. I’m about to start that challenge myself!

  2. Cat

    The 30 day yoga challenge sounds tough! I’ve never done yoga before, but your mention of the 30 day challenge makes me want to try it, especially since I prefer to work out at home. I think that’s great that you feel like you’re getting stronger and more flexible. Those are both things I’d like to work on!

    • It was pretty tough but after the first days I really got into the swing of things. You should definitely give it a try if you want to get stronger and more flexible!

  3. I have done yoga when I was like 13 or 14, and after that I only did the sun salutations occasionally. 30 day Yoga challenge actually sounds fun and may be it will help me too. i have been going to the gym for the past 3 months but it is sometimes difficult to go every single day after a long day at college!
    I think I will give this Challenge a try!

    • Sun salutations are great. I’ve never bothered with the gym because I just know if I got a membership I wouldn’t go. At least with yoga I can do it from the comfort of my home and easily fit it in around my day.

  4. As long as you can do more than 30 days ago, is progress and you should feel great about it. Try to keep up with yoga, it helps in long term (I do it although I don’t like it). Well done for completing the challenge x

  5. Joy

    I’ve never considered yoga until you mentioned the part where you noticed a change in movement with your hands. You never realize how much to restrict certain parts of your body. Now I’m super curious. I have a 30-day trials on Hulu that I think I’m going to try now =) Thanks for this!

    • Holly

      I have problems with my wrist and since I’ve been doing yoga they seem to have got a lot stronger, but I never expected for yoga to help my wrists.

  6. This post makes me excited because I used to do yoga in high school, and I really liked it, but since then I haven’t done yoga at all. :( It’s great to see that you are making progress and it’s OK if you are not as flexible as others are. It’s really awesome to hear that you continued doing it even though you felt really inflexible when you started. Yoga is one of those exercises that don’t require a lot of effort and is good for beginners – I might get back into it one day soon. xD

    • Holly

      I honestly thought I would give up after the abdominal work out because of the pain but I’m so glad I carried on.

  7. This is just what I need!! I’ve been wanting to get back into yoga for a while, but have been putting it off… A 3 day challenge from the comfort of my own home sounds ideal!

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