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30 Lessons Learned From 30 Days of Yoga Part 2

Updated on February 1, 2019
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Alyssa has a passion for fitness and sharing her favorite tips and tricks with the world. Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast.

30 Lessons Learned from 30 Days of Consecutive Yoga
30 Lessons Learned from 30 Days of Consecutive Yoga

I practice yoga every day, whether I hop on the mat and move to a playlist, or do five to ten minutes of light stretching as a warm up before taking a few photos for Instagram. Once or twice a month, I might seek out a class on YouTube, usually with Adriene Mishler. I've grown accustomed to being independent in my practice. I love starting the day on my mat, moving along to music, and giving my body the stretches it needs. It's a moving meditation of sorts that I absolutely adore.

One event I look forward to every year is 30 Days of Yoga, hosted by Adriene, also known for her channel, Yoga with Adriene. Each January, she puts together this free yoga event, centered around a theme. This year, the theme was Dedicate.

After 30 days of consecutive, guided yoga, I like to reflect on what I learned and how I can apply the knowledge gained into my personal, daily practice. The following are the lessons I've learned his year, in no particular order.

1. Guided practices are great, but after 20 days, I start to miss moving on my own.

2. Incorporating more active yoga will balance out the restorative, relaxing yoga I normally do.

3. Every day you come to the mat will be a new experience.

4. Take up space.

5. You are worthy.

Remain humble.
Remain humble.

6. Don't by shy. Having an at home practice really boosts your confidence and allows you to get comfortable moving on the mat.

7. Your mat and your practice have your back.

8. There are multiple ways to work your abs.

9. Don't be afraid to get creative.

10. Forgive, let go, and move forward.

11. Find the stillness among the chaos.

12. Make peace with yourself.

13. Accept where you are today.

14. Tapas is heat. Sometimes it's good to welcome a little heat in the body when you feel like you're getting sick. Doing this actually helped prevent me from getting worse.

15. Open your mind.

16. Find something new every day you come to the mat.

Create and explore balance.
Create and explore balance.

17. Never, not learn.

18. Love yourself.

19. The only constant is change.

20. Wherever you are, trust that that's exactly where you are supposed to be.

21. Be patient.

22. Progress will come when you least expect it.

23. Trust the process.

24. Trust yourself.

25. Follow the aliveness.

26. Explore balance.

27. Find strength without creating tension.

28. Be silly.

29. Have fun.

30. Celebrate who you are on the mat and take that with you off the mat.

A small yoga win. Practice and all is coming.
A small yoga win. Practice and all is coming.

© 2019 Alyssa

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Alyssa, Thank you for giving me some ideas, and I will check out the videos on YouTube. I am not familiar with the Feldenkrais Method, so i will check it out as well. You have a happy Sunday also.

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      Alyssa 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Pamela! I appreciate your support. :) Some easy stretching and light movements in a chair might be great for you. I know Adriene has a video on her YouTube channel specifically for chair yoga. I also think that might be a great article. Thank you for the idea! Are you familiar with the Feldenkrais Method? I think you would be able to find some easy movement that would feel good and help keep you mobile and active. Have a great Sunday!

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      Alyssa 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Bill. I appreciate your kind words and I am happy that we've crossed paths. Have a wonderful Sunday, my friend! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You really spelled the emotional and mental positive effects from doing yoga. I can't do many those positions due to health problems, but stretching and some easy movements might work. I can't get down on a mat because I can't get back up due to a numb left leg following 2 back surgeries. I am open to any suggestions you might have for me.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not sure why, but I feel a connection to you, Alyssa. Not in a weird way, and I hope it didn't sound strange...it's just that you have your act together, and I like that you know what your priorities are in life.

      Have a great weekend! Stay warm!

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