When I started to write this post, I decided to read over my post on last years ‘yoga camp‘. Dayuum has a lot changed in my life. I still feel so much gratitude for how yoga camp reminded me how to love myself.
But this is a different year.
A different January.
The same me, a different outlook.
A Yoga Revolution.
31 days of Yoga. January 2017.
January is a hard month for most, but Adriene Mishler’s month long yoga programme is what it’s all about for me. This woman inspires me to no end.
My yoga practice has come a long way in the last few years. I guess my focus now is on building strength and exploring more difficult and challenging poses. But always practising and working on the simpler ones.
Yoga revolution is a 31 day free yoga programme on Yoga with Adriene’s youtube channel. A daily email to set the tone. A calendar to see what you’ve accomplished and get excited for the next practice. A journey into yourself.
To start a revolution. To practice being present and love and trust in yourself. To allow time for yourself.
The run times for this years programme are shorter than those of last years, averaging at 30 mins per day, which I think was a clever move and a bit more do-able for most. But a shorter practice does not mean less of an experience.
The quality and thought put into the programme inspired me greatly. Each day was perfect for the timeline of the programme, maintaining a balance and understanding of what your body might need, in comparison to the previous practice or what was yet to come.
A workout. But mindful and gentle at the same time.
Prana bods as Adriene puts it. I will be using this term time and time again and I’m sure the YogaRevolution community will be too. Energy flow baby.
I learned how to practice lightness in every movement, an awareness of every limb and how it feels and moves. It changed my daily life, my posture, my unconscious yogic movements throughout the day. I adjusted my car seat so my lower back felt supported. I sat up straight at my desk. I did a quick forward fold and mountain pose during my bathroom breaks in work (don’t tell anyone it might seem weird).
The daily practise has worked its way into my unconscious and connected my body to my mind more than ever before. I move with intent.
Although last year’s program was very emotional for me as I had so many personal issues with insecurity and self-love that I had to work through, I didn’t feel that emotional during yoga revolution. Until Day 31.
Just as the video started playing, I cried.
Tears of happiness. Gratitude. Pride. I smile-cried.
I sat and looked at my calendar as I ticked off the final day. Placed on the wall above last year’s calendar for yoga camp. I read the mantra’s I completed last year. I cried again. There is no better feeling than appreciating yourself and reflecting on how far you have come.
This truly was a journey, a magnificent one. So thank you Adriene. Namaste you lovely lady.
I intend to practice daily following yoga revolution. I’m gon’ make my own calendar, to stay focussed. It has been a revolution for me. Feel empowered – Laugh – Build strength – Smile – Start your own inner revolution here with Adriene Mishler -> Yoga Revolution
Namaste. Honor the prana bod.
“Present and awake.
Love your neighbour.
Move from a place of connect.
Present and awake.
May all beings be free and happy.” – Adriene Mishler.