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I Tried Yoga for 30 Days

 

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It’s winter, so it’s time to hibernate and eat chocolate. I stay active running outside in the summer and have dumbbells at the house that are never used. We also have a stationary bike, but it seems to hurt my bottom from sitting than do anything else. I needed a workout that really wasn’t a workout because I wanted to be lazy. I didn’t want to spend any money on equipment. Yoga would be the perfect answer. It’s easy and I won’t sweat… or so I thought.

I ran across Youtube personality Yoga with Adriene as I was searching yoga online. She had a 30 day plan for January and I decided this would be great at keeping me entertained. I get bored of the same routine. I started toward the end of January, but downloaded the calendar to keep track of what day I was on to complete the full 30.

 

*NOTE: I did have to stop for about 4 days while our family was getting over a stomach bug, but other than that, I stuck to my plan of 5 days of yoga a week (I gave myself a break on weekends because who doesn’t love breaks?).

I tried Yoga for 30 days. Find out what happened. #yoga #exercise #new

Reasons I Turned to Yoga

Pilates is focused a lot on abs, so this was not an option. I wanted something I could do while pregnant to stay active. I could’ve tried HIIT instead, but I didn’t want to sweat enough to shower afterward because I didn’t have the time.  There were 3 reasons I was drawn to yoga:

  • Open my tight hips
  • Become more flexible
  • Feel like I’m being more active

 

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It Didn’t Come Easy

After 2 days, my neck hurt. I’ve had past neck pain that comes and goes, so I researched neck pain caused my yoga. Turns out I was straining my neck during different poses. I now pay extra attention to my neck during every pose and quickly learned my limits to keep it relaxed. I am now happy to say I have had no neck pain since!

From Day 12 to Day 16, my daughter decided to wake up extra early. This meant no yoga for me in the mornings. I struggled to find other times to do it. I tried to work out during the day while she was reading books, but it ended up with her lying on my mat under me while I was stuck in downward dog position. It didn’t work. The rest of the days, I did yoga after my daughter went to bed.

I tried Yoga for 30 days. Find out what happened. #yoga #exercise #momlife
My daughter enjoying her yoga.

Remember when I thought it would be easy? It’s not. Adriene breaks down poses to meet your expertise and abilities. She gives a beginner pose and shows how to extend the pose to be more difficult. I fell multiple times in different poses, even on the easiest variations. At times I couldn’t keep my balance for the life of me. Determination kept me going.

Yoga Comes With a Great Outcome

Some crazy things happened during my yoga journey. I used to wake up with back pain, but have yet to experience this while doing yoga. It also helped my knee pain.

 

After my yoga sessions, I would leave the mat thinking I didn’t do much that day. 12 hours later, I was feeling muscles I didn’t know existed! Did you know there is a muscle on your upper arm that is not your biceps or triceps and closer to your armpit? Neither did I, but I worked it.

This one had to be by far the weirdest benefit. My bowel movements were easier and more frequent after doing yoga. I even researched it to find out if I was going crazy, but turns out it’s a thing!

Forward Fold

 

The Takeaway

If I had one takeaway during this journey to share it would be a forward fold (bending over with legs straight or slightly bent) while rocking back and forth with elbows clasped. It feels amazing on your back. While recovering from the stomach bug, my lower back acted up from the body aches. I would take a minute or two just to do a forward fold and it relieved my pain almost instantly. This also helped with aches in my lower back due to menstrual pain.

Now that my 30 Day Yoga journey is over, I will be continuing onto the next one. It feels weird when I wake up on the weekends and don’t do a yoga session. I’m at a point I would feel guilty if I missed a workout. The great thing? Yoga With Adriene has decided to put up a monthly calendar EACH month this year. I’ve already downloaded the February and March calendars!

 

*This post is an honest opinion. I have not been contacted nor paid by Yoga with Adriene to complete this post.

 

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12 Comments

    • Samantha

      Thank you Rosaura! I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking to it as well! You will definitely still work your muscles pretty good in yoga (I feel it in my hamstrings as I type), but I highly recommend it.

  • Jemma

    I LOVE yoga! As a mama to two (with baby number three due in a couple weeks), I never really have to time to spend exercising! Plus I’m super lazy. Lmao!
    But yoga, is super relaxing for me. I miss it so much. As I’m currently the size of a walrus and can’t even see my feet let alone reach them, I’ve had to give it a rest for a while. I can’t wait to get back at it. I have a fitbit & follow the yoga that connects with that. It’s so motivating seeing my process. I can also relate to having the Little’s joining in. My little girl loved to copy me, but like you said, quite often ended up under me whilst I was doing downward dog 😂. Not always the most flattering pose to me stuck in whilst your Little’s are trying to stick their bum in your face, haha.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

    Jemma. X

    • Samantha

      Haha I’m glad you relate Jemma! Kudos to you sticking with yoga through most of your pregnancy. That’s my plan for the next one. With my first, I stopped exercising almost completely! Wishing you luck on your delivery on baby 3!

  • Jessica @ Rock That Lemonade

    I was doing yoga with Adriene for a couple of weeks and also could tell a big difference! Somehow I got out of it and miss it a lot! You have inspired me to start back!

    Also wanted to add that the bedtime yoga that she does is great too! I did them sometimes with my oldest before bed. She loved it and it helped her sleep better.

    • Samantha

      I’m glad I inspired you to start back up Jessica! I have not tried the bedtime ones, but those would be perfect when my daughter starts waking up early again. Thanks for the idea!

  • Sara

    I’ve thought about trying yoga for a while but my balance is terrible so just put it off. I started to go Zumba which I love but it’s only once a week near me so I could do with something else. I’m also lazy, I do Zumba because it’s fun, so something that at first feels like you’ve not done a lot would suit me. After reading this post I think I will give it go, 30 days to try it out

    • Samantha

      Definitely don’t be turned off from yoga because of balance Sara. My balance is terrible too. It’s gotten better during some of the poses, but I stumble out of them occasionally. I still get a nice workout and it gives me something to work toward!

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