In a busy world, it’s hard to find time for yourself. I know this is something I have struggled with in years past, especially as I entered the publishing world. (go go go go GO GO GO)
In 2020 I took the first step toward a better and healthier life by cutting alcohol.
There were other small steps I was taking, but I wasn’t fully committing to them. In 2021 I decided to take things more seriously, with daily yoga in my life.
Over the next few weeks, I will share the practices and tools I have been employing this year to be happier and healthier. I’m in no way a health guru. I’m just a normal woman trying to make it day by day.
STEP 1: YOGA
I have tried yoga before—both in an in-person class and at home, unguided. Neither practice spurred a lasting commitment in me. In 2020 I saw another writer post about Yoga with Adriene. I filed the name away and kept bumbling through at-home practice with no real rhyme or reason.
But as 2021 was approaching, I knew I needed a more structured plan. I followed Adriene’s Instagram page, and saw her post about her upcoming BREATH challenge starting 1/1/21. Signing up was the best decision.
Each day I got an email of encouragement, and on my desk sat a printed schedule of the daily classes that uploaded to youtube each day.
Sometimes life is about baby steps. I committed to doing yoga every day for thirty days, and I did it.
And then I did it again. And again. I have now done yoga every day this year. Each month I print the new free yoga calendar provided by Adriene and the FWFG (find what feels good) team.
Through yoga, I learned more about my body, became more comfortable with it, and leaned into my breath.
And two days ago, I took another step. I pulled out my yoga mat and practiced without a video, following a flow I designed on my own using yoga cards (more on that below). Unlike before, my body was familiar with the poses, with the names, and how I can move through a flow. It felt natural and relaxing. It felt good for my soul. I’m eternally grateful for the 90+ days of watching Adriene lead me, so I could learn to lead myself.
I will continue to follow her videos a couple of times a week, but more often, I will now lead myself.