Last January, I rather spontaneously decided to do Yoga With Adriene‘s 30-day Yoga program Yoga Camp. I’m not the biggest yoga enthusiast, so I didn’t have any expectations. At the beginning of this year, I joined her new challenge Yoga Revolution. It wasn’t until then that I realized how much doing yoga for a month straight changed my life this past year.
So let’s go back a little bit. When I finished Yoga Camp, I didn’t continue to practice yoga regularly. Instead, I pledged that I will stick to a somewhat regular workout routine for the rest of the year. It wasn’t a new year’s resolution whatsoever, but finding the time to do yoga every single day for 31 days made me realize that I have no excuses to not move my body on a regular basis.
In the following months, I found a way to fit exercising into my schedule. I do workouts every morning after my first work session (I get up at 5.30am everyday), fueled by my morning caffeine. I’ve subscribed to Fitfusion, so I have a wide variety of HIIT workouts. The first time I noticed changes in my body was when I discovered spinning in New York this past April. I felt like my body was shocked by this new way of exercising and hardcore cardio, muscles started to build. Another major change happened in Los Angeles in November (I guess my body enjoys being in the US). I didn’t really get to go work out during the 2 week long business trip, but I was so busy running around and barely had time to eat. It wasn’t until I got home that I noticed I shed a serious amount of weight. I guess my body needed a break from all those high-intensity workouts, and I learned that rest days must not to be underrated.
After finishing Yoga Camp last year I started eating a salad every day. This change was mainly driven by finding a premade salad dressing with good ingredients that I really enjoy. I hate making my own salad dressing, which was one of the reasons I didn’t eat salad on a regular basis. It only occured to me this past week that yoga probably made me so mindful that I stuck to this routine without even thinking about it.
While doing Yoga Revolution in January, I gave myself the permission to reflect on 2016 and see all the good stuff that happened and all the changes I’ve made subconsciously. After completing the 31 days this past Tuesday, I cannot wait to see what 2017 has in store. I definitely feel more empowered and healthier than ever, despite going through a major crisis in late 2016. I probably wouldn’t have been able to get through the rest of the year without the physical and mental strength I built in the months before. And for that I wanna thank you, Adriene Mishler.
PS: I chose this image because Benji’s appearances are the best!