Yoga has been something I always was wary of. Sure, the yoga poses you see on Instagram look beautiful. But will I be able to do that as well? Will it really be life-changing and as grounding as people claim it to be? I struggled to see how a workout routine could help me find inner peace and happiness. Then I tried the “30 Days of Yoga” Challenge by Yoga With Adriene. And to keep it short and simple – I did see it.
My 30 Days of Yoga Experience
For my initiation into Yoga, I decided to follow the “30 Days of Yoga” challenge by YogaWithAdriene on Youtube. It’s a free online course, providing you with a 15 to 30 minutes yoga video each day for an entire month.
All you have to do is sign up to the newsletter and you’ll receive an email each morning with your daily video and a free monthly plan to print on day one. The videos that will come fluttering into your inbox in the mornings, however, do not solely include a link to a Youtube Video but also include a nice resolution or mantra for the practice.
The emails look somewhat like this:
“Hi Kerstin!! Okay, so… real talk. In Yoga… IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT YOU DO – BUT HOW YOU DO IT. And don’t even get me started on mindless running on the treadmill. We have an opportunity here – 30 Day Of Yoga – to do something. To actually make a shift, a journey, a crack, a run for it – back to our true self. We have an opportunity here – to let tend to it all, to let the heart take the lead vocals and to let the body and breath harmonize. But YOU gotta bring it.”
What do you need for the 30 Days of Yoga Challenge?
All you need to participate in the challenge is access to the Internet, about 30 minutes a day and a yoga mat/towel. And that’s also something I love about yoga. You can do your practice at any time, any day and almost anywhere. Just hop on your mat, put on some comfortable clothes and flow. If you want to be prepared, you can even download the thirty videos for the challenge and access them without the internet.
So… How did it go for me?
I set out doing yoga every day for 30 days. But as things are, life got in the way and I finished the challenge in 35 days. Some days I skipped because I simply didn’t have the time, motivation or wasn’t feeling too well. But I did it. I did all thirty yoga flows. Yoga has always been something I desperately wanted to try and I’m so happy I followed through with this 30 Days of Yoga Challenge.
It’s been fun but also forced me to stick to a routine for a whole month – something I definitely am not used to doing. The teacher, Adriene, is probably what made the experience so lovely and easy to follow. She’s an incredible yoga teacher. Very compassionate, kind and funny. It’s great to listen to her and you feel like she explains everything very well, even for newbies like me.
Was it like I imagined Yoga to be? NO, not at all! Yoga is a lot of things but not easy. However, I never actually felt exhausted while doing my practice. It was like I was in a mind-state where I couldn’t be bothered if the plank was killing my muscles or not. But afterward… boy did I sweat. The soreness was real!
What I found beautiful is how Adriene often encouraged you to keep going and offered variations in harder positions. I never felt as if the practice was too much for me.
30 Days of Yoga: Did I see results?
The results I saw after only 30 days of daily yoga are incredible. Especially my back and arms are so much more toned and I gained a lot of strength in my upper body. Every day I felt an improvement in my postures and not once did I think of having to do yoga but being allowed to do it. Now, after my 30 days are over I still try to maintain my yoga morning ritual… I get up, have my cup of coffee and then do a 15-30 minute yoga practice and it helps me so much, both physically AND mentally.
So if you are anything like me and you want to try Yoga without having to go to a public class then sign up for her program. I promise – you will love it!