30 day yoga challenge review
18th August 2015
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.