Since 2016 started, I told myself I wanted to do things differently. I wanted to try new things, especially relating to fitness. This year I want to be the healthiest I’ve ever been. About three weeks ago, I decided I wanted to try yoga. I’ve taken some yoga classes offered by my college, but I wanted to have some structure to it, so I utilized the internet for help.
I started following along to random videos I would find on YouTube, but I quickly realized I couldn’t do a lot of the moves. I’m not flexible and I’m not really in shape so I was discouraged. The same thing happened when I came across some yoga sequences on Pinterest. I was annoyed at myself for trying to do something that I couldn’t, so I stopped for about a week.
As many of you probably know, there’s always a beginner stage to starting a new type of workout. I don’t know why I didn’t think of looking for beginner specific videos until one of them popped up on my Pinterest feed. It was a link to Lesley Fightmaster’s 30 Day Challenge for Beginners. I was instantly intrigued and did day 1 right away.
It wasn’t difficult for me at all, and I really enjoyed the slow pace. I like how Lesley takes the time to make sure you have the basics of breathing down. She also encourages good form and gives you tips on how to modify a move that may be painful. I could really feel my body stretching, and I was instantly hooked.
Fast forward and I’m now onto day 9. So far, I’ve really enjoyed every day of this yoga challenge. I can already tell a slight difference in my flexibility, and some of the moves are already becoming easier. I usually do these videos at night, but I’ve also been doing yoga in the mornings too! There are tons of in-bed yoga routines to wake you up, and I’ve been following this 10 minute routine for the past few days.
Although its only been a little over a week, I can say that I love yoga. I will definitely be continuing on with this challenge in combination with a quick morning yoga session. Once I’m finished with the 30 days, I want to move onto Lesley Fightmaster’s Yoga Fix 90 program.
If you’re discouraged like I was and think you can’t do yoga, know that you can! It might take a slower pace and simpler moves, but after even a few days you’ll notice a difference. Tweet us at @trendomco about your yoga experience!