30 Day Yoga Challenge - The Surznick Common Room

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

30 Day Yoga Challenge

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Until March 1, 2016 I had never done yoga in my life (pilates yes, yoga no.) It's incredibly surprisingly even to me because I feel like yoga is EVERYWHERE. There are yoga studios in practically every neighborhood in the city and even our favorite local breweries have "Beer + Yoga" classes on the weekends... but I've just never tried it myself.

Last month I read a blog post from Holl & Lane assistant editor, Kimiko, about her experience trying Yoga with Adriene's "30 Days of Yoga" and felt really inspired to give it a try. That very day, Nick and I embarked on our own 30 day yoga challenge and *spoiler alert* we loved it.

I'll be the first to admit that we aren't very active people. I was a little scared to commit to doing yoga for 30 consecutive days (given our exercise track record) but we did it. For 30 days in a row, regardless of whether we were out of town, got home late from a concert, or even came home tipsy from happy hour... we did yoga. We just wanted to briefly share our experience in hopes that maybe we'll inspire you to try yoga too.

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Nick: My favorite aspect of doing yoga was the sense of "me time." I loved knowing that for about 30 minutes, every single day (morning or evening) I was allowed to just do nothing. To have silence from my busy schedule and work and everything else swimming around in my head. I'm the type of person that really values mental rest over physical rest. It's probably why I don't mind doing dishes or cleaning much. I can handle being active as long as it means I don't need to be thinking about anything or concentrating too hard. I loved the yoga practices each day. They were quiet, calm, peaceful. No cell phones, no computers. At the end of each practice, I somehow typically felt "cleaner." Almost as though I had been emptied out of a great deal of stress. Doing the practice early in the mornings was a fantastic way to start my day. I'd roll out of bed reluctantly each day, and by the end of our practice, I would always be so grateful I had allowed that time for myself.

Sarah: As Nick mentioned above, we did early-morning yoga (like 5:30 AM on weekdays.) Though I hated getting out of bed, I felt more awake, refreshed, and ready to start my day after our yoga practice. One of my favorite things about this program was that Adriene created a different video for each day. I find that exercise can get so stale, but I'm also not creative enough to come up with my own fitness routine. Every morning I just selected that day's corresponding video and got started. It was great. Over the span of 30 days I saw improvements in my posture, stamina, and overall mindset towards the practice. The idea that we were doing it as a "challenge" really kept me motivated as well. Every morning we were one day closer to completing the 30-day challenge, so I absolutely refused to miss a day. I'm seriously considering starting a "30 Day Salad Challenge."

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Overall, we completely loved this program and we're excited to continue our yoga journey with Adriene's YouTube videos. She has an insanely impressive library of content that we could watch a different video every day and probably never have to repeat.

What are your thoughts on yoga - love/hate? Have you tried any of Adriene's videos?

Sarah & Nick

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