I am not sure exactly how this runner girl ended up on a yoga streak but once I started, I was determined to challenge myself to keep it up for a week. A week led to 10 days. I did a combination of Vinyasa, hot yoga and restorative yoga. So here I am, after my 10 day yoga streak sharing some lessons learned from my mat.
What I learned during my 10 day yoga streak
Some days I could touch my toes, some days not so much
I was surprised by how much my flexibility varied from day to day. Some days, I was so stiff everything felt like a challenge. Other days, I was able to reach way past my toes in a forward fold.
You have to go with the “flow”
During my 10 day yoga streak, there were practices that I felt a “warrior” gliding through the Vinyasa flow effortlessly. Other days, I was an awkward mess losing my balance.
I learned to be willing to trust my instincts and “take a leap” literally. Surely, not every pose is for everyone and if it’s safe for you to do so, take that leap. You might be surprised what happens. Like most things in life, if you believe you can, you are halfway there.
Falling isn’t failing
I used to be afraid to try certain poses because I did not want to fall. Falling out of pose happens to everyone from time to time-even the instructors. Falling is a step in learning.
Clear your mind and the answers will come
Literally twice during my 10 day yoga streak, an answer to a problem randomly came to me during my practice. Specifically, I had been agonizing early in the day about an answer to a crossword puzzle that I could not get. Yup I love to do crosswords. Resting in my child’s pose, the answer just popped into my head. I don’t even know why but there it was!
Only recently, did I make the connection between breath and movement in yoga. Practicing the Ujjayi breathing )in and out through the nose) allows your body to access the poses on a deeper level and stay balanced. I still have a long way to go with this one.
Don’t worry, I am not giving up running to become a full time yogi but I have enjoyed taking a deeper plunge into more yoga. My tight running body has appreciated the deeper stretches I am practicing during class and I am learning where I need to stretch more. Most importantly, my 10 day yoga streak has taught me to arrive without expectations and accept what my body offers me that day. I have come to appreciate all that my body can do and not dwell on the things I believe it cannot do. Namaste.
PS-Also came up with a genius way to clean my yoga mat. Tune in Friday for a quick post on how to do it.