4 Lessons Learned From the 30 Day Yoga Challenge

woman meditating near water

Woohoo – I did it and that rocked!

Waking up on Sunday morning and realizing it was day 30, the final day of the yoga challenge was a mix of surprise, joy and a little pride as well.

I really wasn’t sure about doing this and even more unsure that I would be able to stick with it. Now I can honestly say, it was one of the best things I’ve done and am SO glad I decided to commit and give it a try.

I have had a home practice for over a year now but I had never practiced daily before. As the weeks went on, I started to see real changes in myself, my thoughts, how I dealt with daily life and how much more peaceful and relaxed I felt overall.

Here are a few of things I learned along the way.
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(Free) Tara Stiles Workout – Yoga Weight Loss and Balance

The more I’ve been reading and learning about Tara Stiles, the more I like her.

I’d mentioned before, to me the ideal teacher is laid back, accessible, positive and kind. Tara embodies all those qualities and more.

I’ve been looking for videos from her on Youtube for a while now and while there are plenty of shorter clips out there, I was super excited to finally find a full length yoga practice, lead by Tara Stiles, online – for FREE (woohoo)!

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Wednesday’s Woman – What Being of Service Truly Means

Yoga Teacher and activist Seane Corn

Beautiful yogi Seane Corn

Image Source – healthycrush.com

Once a month, I have the honor of featuring a woman I find inspiring and amazing for someone just as inspirational and inspiring to me – Kim at Sperk*!

Kim has dedicated Wednesday on her blog to women who are positive role models for the world. According to her site:

What makes a Wednesday’s Woman?
Courage, honesty, authenticity, and humility–any characteristic that speaks to the power of what can happen when we are in touch with our own humanity.

Seane Corn was an immediate and easy pick for me. She is a well known yoga instructor and passionate activist on a mission to bring the principals of yoga – love, compassion and mindfulness, into every part of our lives and the world around us.
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Yoga For Beginners – Reviews and Recommendations

A woman, teen and younger man doing yoga

Image source – yogadivinity.com

If you’re interested in trying yoga for the first time, it can be tough to know where to start.

Yoga has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years and there are a ton of great web sites, videos and resources. At the same time, all the choices and information can be a little overwhelming.

After being asked for some recommendations for good beginners videos, I did some digging and wanting to share a few that may be helpful.

You may have different preferences when it comes to yoga or any exercise program so first, here is the criteria I used for my research (especially since I think most of the people I’ve connected to on this blog are busy moms and already struggle to make time for ourselves):

  • Around 20 – 30 minutes long.
  • Good, clear instruction.
  • Basic moves but still challenging.
  • And upbeat, positive and calm teacher (no drill sergeants or super egos).

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Welcome Back Yoga

beautiful woman doing yoga in nature

If only I felt this peaceful! That's my goal.

I have been a ball of stress and anxiety.

  • The toddler/preschooler has been fighting us more than ever, on everything it seems.
  • Too many late nights watching t.v. + sleeping in and skipping morning yoga.
  • Right in time for Halloween, I let my sweet tooth get completely out of control.
  • Even the constant flow of negative political ads on t.v. lately has me on edge.

I decided I had to “get right” now, before I’m freaking out, feeling like I can’t keep my head above water. And especially, before the busyness of the coming holiday season really kicks in!

Proactive wellness and self care – I’m all about it. And staying up too late, eating terribly, not working out and feeling more and more tense and upset is not my idea of wellness.

Physically, I feel bloated and just kind of – yuck, but my mind constantly races and my spirit feels heavy. Body, mind and soul, it’s all connected and all needs kindness and care.
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Hand Stands and Facing Fears

Sunday morning, I proudly announced to my husband that I’d tried my first hand stand.

β€œIt was scary and awesome!” I told him, still feeling a little of both myself.

I’ve been wanting to start learning more inversions and challenging poses for a while now. And I have to admit, I choose a hand stand to start with because of a poses I’m kind of obsessed with, Vrschikasana or scorpion pose.

Here’s what it looks like.

woman doing yoga in scorpion pose

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Celebrating Yoga Month – Favorites and Finds

Continuing with my posts to celebrate September as National Yoga Month, I’m sharing a few of my “yoga favorites” – videos, resources and poses.

It may sound a little usual to some but I’ve never been to a yoga class outside of my living room. I don’t belong to a gym, don’t have the extra income to take outside classes right now and don’t have extra child care but that has never stopped me. Exercise is too important to let money dictate and with so many options available now, online and with DVDs, a home practice can be just as satisfying, enjoyable and beneficial.

Below are a few videos I’ve found over time and really enjoy as well as a few other favorites!
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