Here we are.
One week away from completing our 30 day with Adriene yoga journey.
I’ve made it to the mat every day and that fact has even surprised me. But I don’t feel as great as I thought I would feel. Don’t get me wrong, I can see a physical difference. I’ve been thinking, “damn I feel limber.”
My body feels good. If you are looking for a way to lose a few inches and also gain a little muscle strength this yoga journey will definitely give you that. These practices ain’t easy and I’m usually out of breath by the time it comes to the “sit back in a comfortable seat” and cool down. Overall, it feels easier to move throughout my day. I’m less stiff. I feel looser which in turn makes me feel better.
But mentally, I doesn’t feel great. Part of my mindfulness journey is that I’m always trying to take stock in my comprehensive, holistic health and not just my physical body health. This yoga is feeling like a chore. One more thing I have to get in before the day is over. And all I can say is I know that is not what yoga is about.
I’ve been rushing through my practices, just trying to get there so I can say I did. Yea I feel pretty proud of the fact that I have actually made it to the mat for 22 days in a row but I don’t feel proud of the way I’ve gotten to the mat for the last several days.
All of Adriene’s videos have mentioned a recurring theme of:
How you move matters.
It’s not about getting to the pose, it’s about having the intention of getting to the pose.
Focus on the breath.
Notice how you feel.
I think those are my biggest takeaways although I’m sure as I reflect I’ll find more.
Gotta love a good reflection. Anyway.
I think that’s what I need to focus on these last seven days: how I get to the mat.
I think I need to start building a tradition or ritual or whatever a “get ready for yoga” routine is called. I think I need to be mindful as I’m coming to the mat and remember my intentions.
I need to focus not only on how I move once I’m on the mat, but how I move as prepare to get to my mat.
I can’t help but feel like that’s where the good stuff is.
Maybe I’ll find another beautiful ripple effect that transforms beyond the practice of yoga and start living yoga.
I’ll let you know what I find.
Also…Monday so here’s Milo.