January 1st I began Yoga Revolution. A 31 day practice with yoga instructor, Adriene. Ever heard of her? If not, check her out. Seriously, you will love her. She offers free yoga videos through YouTube. Her spunky and caring energy along with her unique approach to yoga will have you hooked. I've attended yoga classes over the years and have done some of Adriene's videos, but nothing as consistent as a 31 day practice. It takes devotion to get to the mat everyday. From the very beginning of Yoga Revolution I was addicted. I looked forward to my practice every morning when I got up. But then life got shaken up in a big way. I wasn't able to get to the mat for a couple days and the time I did have was limited. I didn't beat myself up over it though. In the 15 minutes of free time I had available on some days I squeezed in a quick little practice. Eventually I was able to catch up.
I'm amazed at the progress I saw in myself after just two weeks and now coming close to the end, I have seen even more of an improvement in my strength and balance both on and off the mat. The biggest change I noticed right away was the significant reduction in my chronic pelvic pain from PCOS. It also made my monthly visitor a little bit easier this time around. In addition to the physical benefits I've experienced, I've seen an improvement in my mental health. In day 23, Adriene talks about how keeping a consistent practice with yoga keeps her from wanting to punch the mirror most days when she looks into it. Speaking those words really struck a chord with me. I have felt that same urge many times. Recently, when I've looked into the mirror, I feel confident and accepting of my body and looks. I've been so focused on what I see as flaws over the years it was all I noticed. Now I accept them and realize that they are what makes me my unique self.
On the eve of my 29th birthday, I'm feeling good about what this new year will bring. 2017 got off to a rough start, but as Adriene says, "Everything is as it should be."