The 30-Day Yoga Challenge

2 Jun

The yoga studio that I’ve been going to issued a 30-day yoga challenge for the month of June. The goal is to take 26 yoga classes in 30 days, hopefully helping you discover the benefits of daily practice. I, however, am hoping to discover that I have the ability to be bendy, just like the girl who practiced in front of me yesterday. She was like Gumby. I’m quite sure she doesn’t have bones.

Downward Dog

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I found myself going back and forth on whether I should take the challenge, and finally decided to do it. Here’s why:

  • That damn IT band. It’s still working on Operation Heal. Since I won’t be rejoining my Marathonfest running group until it’s healed, I need something to do something in the meantime. If not, I’m going to bore on the stationary bike and at-home yoga and likely become a couch potato.
  • It’s just what the doctor ordered. Okay, so he didn’t exactly say I needed to challenge myself to 26 days of yoga in the span of one month. But he did say I need to stretch like I’ve never stretched before. And I needed to strengthen my hips, legs and core. I think yoga covers both.
  • Blogging about my home workouts is boring. Not just for me… I’m not sure how you feel, but you’re likely nodding your head in agreement.

I did have some things holding me back, but I think I came up with solutions:

  • The cost. In order to complete the challenge I would have to get an unlimited monthly class, which runs $135. This is a huge cost for me but was able to work it into my budget. Goodbye lunches and afternoon Starbucks trips with my co-workers. Hello Lean Cuisines and leftovers!
  • My hair. Yes, my hair was a part of the consideration process. Are you done snickering? No? Fine, I’ll give you a minute… Okay, I recently just got the ol’ Ombre do and it’s smokin’. Or should I say fried? See, I have very, very dark hair, so to get the my ends so light it required a lot of bleach. This bleach blonde requires special care  like avoid chlorine, ease up on the straightening iron, don’t wash hair every day. How can I sweat every day and not wash my hair and straighten?? I decided dry shampoo, curly hair and up do’s would be my solution.
  •  I hate to do laundry. My yoga clothes are really my running clothes. And I only have so many running clothes that are  yoga comfy. And I just spent $135, so I don’t have money to be buying new yoga clothes. I’m going to have to do laundry a lot. Did I mention that I hate doing laundry? I’m just going to have to suck it up.
  • There goes my social life. Wait, what social life? Yoga is my new best friend. For the month of June that is. Afterwards, we’ll probably get in a big fight and not talk to each other for a while while I go back to my old best friend, Running. And my running buddies, whom I already miss terribly.

And so, yesterday I embarked on this crazy journey of 26 yoga classes during the month of June. Also taking this challenge is Carolina from Peas in a Blog. I’m looking forward to sweating alongside her. I’m also looking forward to discovering that I too have no bones! 🙂

Have you ever done a streak, whether it be a run streak or a yoga streak or a (fill-in-an-excercise) streak? What were your biggest challenges?

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20 Responses to “The 30-Day Yoga Challenge”

  1. The Bliss Project June 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    I did a 30-day challenge in March and I loved it! I did over 30 classes (sometimes I did 2 in one day. Yes, I know, I’m nuts). It was amazing! I was so much more motivated than I have ever been before. After the first few days, you kind of find your routine. I still had time for a social life, but I had to pretty much give up on housework. The laundry thing made me laugh because it is so true! I did laundry like my life depended on it. As for the hair thing, I hear you! My hairdresses actually asked me what I’m been doing to my poor, dry hair!

    • Hemarie June 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

      I’m considering just re-wearing everything over and over again and becoming the stinky girl in class. Do you think that would be frowned upon?

      I’m going to head over to your blog to read about your experience and your giving up on housework. 🙂

  2. Jo-Anne June 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    The only yoga I have ever tried was with my WII Fit…………….

  3. Carolina @ Peas in a Blog June 5, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Oh yea! We’re less than a week in & my body is sore all over the place. This is going to be interesting! LOL

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