Those of you who follow my Instagram account or have been reading my workout recaps (week one, week two) know that one of my big goals for February is to take 28 yoga classes, averaging one class a day. Even though I’m just over half way done with my challenge, I’ve been feeling a lot of changes from really upping my practice that I wanted to share.
- My hips are feeling much more open! Of course, running tightens them up again, but really taking time to get in some good hip openers like pigeon or frog is really helping. I think I’m getting deeper in my twists, too.
- I feel happier and much more relaxed. I know everyone talks about the mental benefits of yoga, so it sounds cliche, but spending time focusing on mindfulness during yoga helps me be more mindful throughout the day.
- My arms and shoulders are getting stronger, even though they’re tired and sore. I’ve been practicing handstands at home and am feeling much more solid than I have in the past.
- My core is getting stronger, too. Holding all of those planks and boats is really helping.
- I’m able to focus on being present more easily. One of the reasons I was drawn to yoga in the first place is that I naturally tend to be a worrier and have a lot of mind chatter. I’m getting better at controlling that and really staying present on my mat as I spend more time each week on my mat.
I think any amount of yoga is wonderful and helpful, but I’m really feeling big changes from practicing so much versus the three classes a week or so that I was averaging before the challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing how things continue to change during the remainder of my challenge!
Have you ever done a fitness challenge?
What’s the longest you’ve gone without taking a rest day?
How often do you practice yoga (if ever)?