I wasn’t going to write a whole post about this but I’ve received more than a few comments and emails asking me to not only explain the yoga program I’m doing, but also document my journey!
Well, between cooking, writing, blogging and chaturunga-ing, I doubt I’ll have time to document my daily thoughts about the program, but I plan to check in a few times with y’all and let you know how it’s going.
The program I’m doing is called 40 Days to Personal Revolution, and it’s a Baptiste program offered by most Baptiste affiliated studios.
The program officially started Monday and involves doing Baptiste yoga 6x a week, meditating twice a day, journaling daily and attending a weekly meeting at the studio. My studio offered the program twice before but I never was able to completely commit because of time constraints. When you think about it, doing yoga six times a week is a HUGE commitment! Sometimes I feel like I live between my kitchen and the studio. But that’s how I like it.
Already, on the second day, I can tell it’s going to a big challenge for me! I can handle the physicality of the yoga itself, but the meditation part is so difficult for me.
(It’s not like I’m a crazy type A or anything like that)
My strategy so far has been to combine my daily meditation time with my prayer time, but my mind always wanders into what’s for dinner or what I’ll be doing fifteen minutes from now. Reading the book helps and I just try to take one breath at a time. There’s no crazy diet that goes along with the program, but it’s recommended that you give something up while practicing. I chose to give up all alcohol just because I don’t need it. Plus, I thought it would save us a few bucks on our date nights.
So that’s about it so far! My arms are sore and my obliques are killing me. Practicing yoga so much definitely teaches you to listen to your body and gone are the days where I would power through a tough yoga class just to “do it”. Now, I take lots of rest and don’t hesitate before going down in child’s pose when I feel I need it. I also discovered you don’t have to do every single chaturunga! What an idea! Cobra is nice, as is just going down in child’s pose or straight back to downward facing dog. There’s no reward for the person with the strongest triceps or the person who is the most flexible.
Gosh, I could use a drink brownie.