Fitness Friday: Yoga With Adriene

Happy Friday!

I’ve had some technical difficulties with the blog this week, so I apologize for the lack of posts. I think we are back up and running, so fingers crossed it stays that way!

I’ve shared my love of yoga before (remember here?), and it’s safe to say that the love affair has continued.

A couple of months ago my best friend introduced me to Yoga With Adriene, and an online yoga community led by Adriene Mishler, a yoga instructor in Austin, TX.

I was a bit hesitant to check it out – my mind immediately filled with images of weird, overly hippy yoga earth goddesses.  I mean, I love yoga and I’m all for being in tune with your body, breath, etc., but anything over the top kind of freaks me out.

Adriene is a breath of fresh air. She is funny, adorable, light-hearted and most importantly doesn’t take yoga (or herself) too seriously. Yes, she talks a lot about connecting to your breath, allowing and releasing negative feelings and letting go of what doesn’t serve you…but she does it in a way that feels genuine and authentic.

Her motto is “Find What Feels Good” and she comes back to that every practice.

I started with her “30 Days of Yoga Challenge.” It’s perfect if you’re just starting yoga or have taken some time off and are getting back into practicing again, or if you have been in a yoga rut and want to switch things up a bit. The videos range from about 15 to 30 minutes, and I found it to be a perfect way to begin my days.

It took me about a month and a half to finish the challenge. Some days, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t fit it in. A teething toddler, family commitments, ailing dad, stress and fatigue got in the way. I tried my best not to beat myself up if I missed a day or two. I considered it a part of my yoga journey. Some days I could fit in 2 practices. Some days I got lost in the practice, wishing the video were longer. And some days I couldn’t wait to be finished.

But I did it. And now my day doesn’t feel complete without spending some time on my mat, preferably with Adriene guiding me through it.

Yoga has been great for my body, but even more beneficial for my mind. I am thankful each day that I can breathe deeply and fill these lungs with fresh, new air. I can breathe out the air that is old and stale and I can feel restored and invigorated. I can appreciate and be grateful for this able body and this full life, every single day.

Happy Friday, indeed.

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