Sunday Yoga: Day One

Okay, so I was supposed to write this yesterday but I got a little busy and I left the notes on my desk ready to type out but I kind of wanted to go to Metrotown (a mall in Burnaby, BC for those who don’t know) and do some window shopping.

Anyway, in a previous post, I mentioned that I am trying to work on my mental health and I’m also trying to incorporate more yoga into my life. I’ve never been the flexible type, I usually forget to stretch after a workout or in the mornings which I am trying to work on doing more often (because it just feels soooooo good!). Anyway, I decided that I want to do a 30 day beginners “challenge”, I don’t know why it’s called a challenge, I feel like if you call it a challenge you feel less reluctant to do it. So for my sake, I want to call it the 30 day Beginners Yoga Experiment. Yeah, Let’s go with experiment.

Image retrieved from http://blogs.plos.org/neuroanthropology/files/2014/04/yoga_three_panel.jpg
Image retrieved from http://blogs.plos.org/neuroanthropology/files/2014/04/yoga_three_panel.jpg

So I’ve decided that instead of doing Yoga every day, I want to only do yoga on Sundays for 30 days. I want to be able to balance out my school schedule, workout schedule and volunteer schedule so I figured this was the best option.

My goal is to share how I felt before, during and after each yoga session with you. I think that it won’t only get me to pay attention to my body but to also note down changes and I just honestly felt like sharing this experience with you guys.

I’ve decided to do Yoga With Adriene since I’ve had a good experience with other videos of hers, I like how she’s quite soothing and I get a good vibe from her videos, I find them genuine and helpful. So I definitely recommend that you check her out!

So let me share my experience with you!

Before my session:

I was feeling really emotional and sad. More sad than anything. I actually started crying before my yoga session. I felt extremely tense and felt like there were a lot of thoughts and emotions clouding my mind.

During my session:

Okay, so my goal is to be honest. Adriene has this motto to be honest with yourself when doing yoga and listening to your body. So I’m going to say it how it is–I wanted to give up. My mind kept saying I couldn’t do it. It was so simple but I felt limited by how I was feeling. So I definitely let myself cry for the first few minutes of my session. I did, however, end up feeling better while crying and doing yoga. I began to focus on the feeling of letting go. Some poses did hurt a lot more than others, so I focused on making sure I didn’t over do it and be light.

After my session:

I actually felt really good after my session. I felt quite stretched out, especially in the spinal area. During my session, there were times I wanted to give up and some poses were too much but I can’t wait to do it again. I felt so good and actually quite better than when I started. I wasn’t transformed instantly but I did feel tension leave my body.

The Playlist:

So even though I listen to Adriene on youtube, I also like to put some music in the background to really block any other external noises (I live in a house with a musician and music lovers, there is always music and noise at my house). I usually opt for youtube or SoundCloud but for this session I used Songza’s Yoga & Meditation playlist.

So my goal is to complete the thirty days (on Sundays) and share it with you. I do hope to post it every Sunday (I got a little lazy yesterday). I hope to even share some poses (when I get better at it). If any one wants to join me and let me know their progress that would be awesome!!

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