Being of fan of yoga I try to incorporate it weekly in my routine. The problem is, as many people know, most of the time that does not even happen. I started taking yoga classes in 2012 before moving to London. There, I only went to classes once in a while. In my final year in London before moving back to Sweden I found a great weekly hatha class which on Sunday evenings became my priority. Being now back in Sweden I started going to a weekly kundalini class with my mom, which focuses a lot on breathing and mediation. However, knowing the mental and physical benefits of yoga I knew that I needed to discipline myself and do some more weekly sessions at home.
Luckily, I found a great YouTube channel called Yoga with Adriene, where I started doing some at home yoga sessions. The channel also has a couple of 30 day yoga practices, which after several failed attempts, I managed to dedicate myself of starting this January.
It did not matter what time of the day it was, I had made a commitment to myself for 30 days, and I was determined to complete it. I am not even sure how I managed to do it, but it did not feel like a chore and my daily yoga quickly became part of my routine.
During these days, I did more self-reflection and I noticed how I was more aware of my thoughts and actions. As the days went on I also found myself improving in the following things:
- Physical strength and flexibility
- My responsibility towards myself
- Trusting the progress (life, work, yoga, etc.)
- Being present of my body, my mind and my surroundings
- Practicing gratitude
Yoga is not a quick fix for mental and physical health, it’s a process and a practice where one learns to focus in the now, and as with anything in life, an open mind and dedication is of great advantage which will payoff in the long run. Not bad for some yoga, Namaste.