So… Week 2 of my 30 day challenge I spent it sick! Yes, sick. Most people would say, a whole week missed, forget it – I won’t complete this. However, since the yoga studio gives the option to double up on classes, I decided to continue my 30 classes in 30 days challenge.
Week 2 and Week 3 of the challenge are over and all I can say is — Wow! Why? Well, missing a full week of yoga had me feeling like a complete newbie on the week 3 attempt of doubling up on classes. I also was feeling extremely exhausted. But there was sense of accomplishment that kept me moving forward. I scheduled more manageable classes and made sure to have enough rest between them to avoid falling flat on my face during the second yoga session. And I listened to my body. If mid-way through the second session I felt very tired – then I would be in child’s pose for a few minutes until I felt I could keep moving through the class.
Honestly, it was not easy for me but I felt amazing. My stress levels have been through the roof lately. These back-to-back yoga sessions have truly helped me keep my stress levels under control and have helped my sleep. What more can I ask for?
Today I move on to week 4, the final stretch. Seven more days, most of them being double session since I was behind an entire week. Wish me luck!
So, today I am on Day 9. I had a few mishaps and will have to double up on a class or two to make complete the 30 day challenge.
Nonetheless, I wanted to report how I am feeling. My first was great! I had a rough start on day 1, days 2 and 3 had a lot of soreness involved. However, by day 5 the soreness subsided. I have been sleeping like a baby every night! What I can say is that by day 6 I was exhausted. I am currently working longer hours and the constant yoga classes has definitely tired me. But I can also say that my body feels great. During the day I am energetic and can function even better than before daily yoga classes.
One mistake I have made is eating more… Your body will automatically be more hungry, but most likely its thirst. Do not make the mistake I made and eat more just because you think you are hungry! I have gained several pounds on my first week of the challenge which is no good for my weight loss goals!!!!
I will make sure to update on completion of my second week… 🙂
My First 4 Days of the 30 Day My Yoga Body Challenge are officially complete! Yes, I’m completely excited. I expected to pass out and die by Day 3. LOL
Here is my Day 1….
Day 1 – Friday, May 22, 2015
I haven’t taken part of a yoga class since October 2014; 7 months with no mat practice. So, why did I think I could jump into a heated yoga class, give my all, and not feel sick? Hmm, because as usual, I didn’t really think it through. My first day of the 30 day challenge I decided to take a heated Power Vinyasa class. Why? Well, because it’s my favorite of all the classes! I was super excited to be back and went prepared; water, yoga mat, and towel.
The first 20 minutes I struggled to keep focused on the class. My mind was everywhere, except on what was going on at that moment. Once I was able to anchor myself enough to enjoy the actual class, I started to feel the pain in the positions, the heat felt suffocating, and I felt woozy. I drank a bit of water and relaxed in child’s pose for a few moments. I attempted to resume the class but I felt more woozy and felt like tossing up my lunch! I decided to lower my intensity and work at about 70% instead of at full capacity. I wanted to make it through the entire hour.
The instructor shared words with us that day… to paraphrase it was – Surrender to your life as it is today. Show up, do the work, grow, and expand. She mentioned that some days you will be able to do it all and other days not as much. But it is part of your practice. I took the words to heart. Why? Well, I’m a bit hard on myself when I am not able to accomplish a specific task. I felt frustrated during the class; unable to concentrate, unable to go through the course without rest, unable to hold simple poses. But the instructors words helped me at that moment to understand that yoga is just like our daily lives. One day things are great and another day things can be a bit rough. We can’t stop living our life just because of a bad day. And I couldn’t allow myself to be discouraged because of a rough starting day.
“Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.”
~ Eckhart Tolle