31 days of yoga

I’m happy to say that I successfully completed the December Yoga Challenge of 31 consecutive days of  yoga. Those of you that follow me on Instagram have surely seen my progress throughout the month.

I did have some challenges due to my hip and a cortisone injection but I decided to stick to the schedule and do what I could do anyway. So, the normal yoga session turned into chair yoga and poses that did not cause tension and pressure on the right side of my hip.

Quite soon into the challenge I started using our sauna for my yoga sessions. I’ve attended hot yoga at the gym previously and liked it a lot and suddenly it just hit me that I should try to do it in our sauna. I had no idea that there is something called “sauna yoga” which I found out when I searched a little online. The only limitation with our sauna is that its fairly small so not all kinds of poses are possible to do. The normal sessions that I follow through YouTube or Nerd Fitness Yoga was out of the questions since I for obvious reasons can’t bring my computer or iPhone into the sauna. Instead, I found an app called “Yoga studio by Gaiam” where I could design my own session based on the poses I 1) can do in the sauna and 2) suits my hip. I just put the iPhone on high enough volume so I can follow the session even though the phone is located outside of the sauna.

The last three weeks of the challenge I did my yoga session at 6 am in the morning (on weekdays, 2-3 hours later on weekends) and it has turned out to become a fantastic start to my day and I’ve continued with my morning yoga even now when the challenge has ended. I might not going force myself to do it daily but I will try. 🙂 My aim will be to do morning yoga at least on the days when I go to work.

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December Yoga Challenge

The past months have not been good as far as my monthly goals/tasks. My hip has given me problems (still does even though I got a cortisone shot at the end of October) and my fall a few weeks back caused problems with my tail bone. On top of that I’m experiencing problems with side effects due to my new medication Metoject I take every week. So, I’ve decided to completely scale back on my monthly goals and start fresh next year when hopefully my body is in a better mood.

I have decided though to take part in a December yoga challenge held by the Nerd Fitness team. I figured that despite my issues I should be able to do some type of yoga each day and I will choose what to do depending on how I feel each day. The goal of the challenge is to do yoga for at least 10 minutes a day and then collect points for each day you have completed it. The more consecutive days the higher the point. Sharing the journey on Facebook, Instagram etc gives extra points. At the end of December all points are calculated and the top 3 get some type of reward. I’m not part of it to compete for the reward, my goal is rather to finally get up to speed with my yoga plus to actually be able to do something despite the issues I currently have with my body.

Yesterday I did a 15 minute yoga session focused on the back and hip. I thought it went perfectly fine, but when I was going to bed in the evening I could barely lay down because it hurt so much. Took me a long time to manage to rest and go to sleep. 😦 Obviously not the best yoga for me… I particularly need to be careful with the poses specifically targeted for the hip.

Today I woke up with a bad headache and I decided to try something called restorative yoga because I figured it might help the headache. I found a 12-minute video on YouTube that I decided to try. Well, it didn’t help the headache at all, but I did manage to get my yoga session in today too. 😉 Go me!

So, two days completed now! And I’ve just decided to reward myself with finally setting up a little yoga area in our home gym if I successfully complete the challenge! Stay tuned for progress reports! 🙂

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