If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been doing daily yoga since the 2nd January as part of #30DaysofYoga. Adriene from Yoga with Adriene has been uploaded a yoga video every day for us to all enjoy and I thought I’d share my experience so far. I am currently on Day 22 that I completed this morning before work!
I wouldn’t say I was a beginner at yoga as I have practiced here & there before via videos but I’m not an expert. I know the basic moves however this has been a completely new learning experience for me. I’ve learnt a lot of new moves and poses, how to stand better, how to breathe properly, how to perfect my poses and it has been so much fun in the process. Adriene is such an amazing teacher, she’s so funny but makes you feel relaxed at the same time and always offers options where possible. So if you are a beginner you can do the first option or if you’re more advanced, you can make it that little bit harder.
It actually hasn’t been as hard as I was expecting either, in terms of actually making time to practice daily. I
got up straight away instead of tweeting woke up earlier in the mornings to practice a few times and rather than come home from work and just slouch on my bed for an hour before dinner, I made sure that I practiced. I also did a few right before bed too, which really helped me relax and fall asleep quicker.
A few things I’ve learnt that I need to practice are:
Pigeon Pose…I thought I was doing this correctly and often use this pose to stretch after a gym session however I always just rest on my bum cheek but apparently…you’re meant to sit off it! So I’ve been trying to sit up a little more…I’m getting there!
Balancing on one leg during the Tree Poses started to hurt the leg I was standing on at my shins which made it quite uncomfortable and hard to stay in the post for a long time. The first time we did tree poses was on about day 14/15 I think and we did some more around day 17-18 and I already improved from then, just holding it better and less wobbling. I also managed to do the hip stretch one by resting one leg on the top of my thigh and bending forwards…ouchie that was a great hip stretch!
Crow poses weren’t something I had tried before and I think I need to strengthen my wrists a little more but I almost got there! I held one for about 2 seconds, yay!
We first did side planks near the beginning of the 30 Days and about 2 weeks in there was a cheeky side plank right at the end and I managed to hold it with ease! I haven’t just been doing yoga, I have been doing other exercise (Kayla Itsines Plan – post coming soon!) but I definitely think all the planks and downward dogs have helped me hold the side planks for longer.
I’m currently on Day 22 so I still have just over a week to go however I’m so proud of myself for actually doing it every day and I’ve seen so much improvement.
Do you practice yoga? At home or in a class? What’s your favourite pose?