I did it! I started and finished 30 days of yoga with YWA on YouTube.
Sorry, YWA stands for Yoga with Adriene.
In my post about how to wake up beautiful every day, I talked about how regular yoga can be beneficial to your beauty routine.
And I also mentioned that I was on a yoga journey, and would write a post about it when I am done.
So here is my review of Home, 30 days of yoga with YWA.
My Review Of Home – 30 Days of Yoga
Stability in mountain pose
Practicing yoga with Adriene for 30 days helped me gain stability. When I first started, I used to wobble a lot, especially in mountain pose.
But now, I am a lot better at standing with both feet together. And I don’t worry about falling because the ground will catch me. Lol.
Yoga with Adriene for 30 days helped me build strength in my arms and whole body.
Lifting my kids while playing or dancing with them is very important to both them and me. So regular yoga has strengthened my arms and I can lift my 3-year-old and 5-year-old easily.
Asides from lifting my kids, my arms can hold my body during a plank or other yoga pose that requires using my arms.
I experienced weight loss 2 weeks into 30 days of yoga
Exactly two weeks into the 30 days of yoga, I lost 2 lbs.
I indulged a lot from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and I gained a whole lotta weight.
This weight gain made yoga and other forms of workout pretty difficult for me.
And there were many occasions when I was out of breath during the plow pose.
But now I can do the plow pose without fear of fainting. Lol.
Yoga with Adriene helped me trust the practice
Adriene says the right words to encourage you during yoga sessions.
Here’s just a few
- Trust the practice.
- Find what feels good.
- Listen to your breath.
But trust the practice really stuck because I used to worry about doing the pose right than actually doing it.
What I mean is, I am constantly scared that I could fall from that pose.
But since I started trusting the practice, falling doesn’t bother me because the ground is always there to catch me.
Adriene made me understand that yoga is a journey
When I first started yoga, I used to be intimidated by experienced yogis.
But I never felt that way with Adriene.
She makes you understand that you learn every day and you get better with time.
Adriene also shows you variations of yoga poses you can do if your body is not ready for a particular pose.
That’s why I don’t beat myself up when I fall or can’t hold a pose.
Yoga is a journey, and I am glad to be on it with Adriene.
I had muscle tone after 30 days of yoga
While yoga helps you connect with yourself, and bring you home, it also helps build lean muscles.
And because I gained a whole lot of weight, I didn’t notice the muscle tone until a few weeks to the end of the yoga journey.
My arms are toned, likewise my mid-section.
30 days of yoga helped me sleep better
With all these amazing things that happened to me during those 30 days of yoga, I also experienced better sleep.
You know that kind of sleep where you are actually sleeping, and you wake up refreshed?
Yes, that’s the kind of sleep I have been getting since I started this yoga journey.
And I wake up beautiful every day.
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Yoga helped me bid goodbye to headaches
I used to have serious headaches due to stress but I can’t even remember the last time I had one of those.
Thanks to the downward-facing dog, forward fold and other yoga poses that encourage blood flow to the head.
That’s a major change because the headaches used to last up to 24 hours.
So I am really happy they are gone.
30 days of yoga taught me mindfulness
Furthermore, yoga with Adriene taught me mindfulness.
I became more mindful of the things I say and also the foods I eat.
Not only did it help me to be more self-disciplined, but it also taught me how to respect my body.
Respecting your body means being mindful of what you do, say and feed it.
I hope I am making sense here.
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YWA taught me more about self-love
I can’t just stop talking about how awesome yoga with Adriene is.
During yoga sessions, Adriene also teaches you self-love.
Guiding and showing you how to move like you love your body.
Whispering to yourself “I am strong”.
Talking about this makes me very emotional.
I really love and appreciate Adriene for being who she is, and all the lives (mine inclusive) she has impacted through yoga.
Over the course of the practice, I became more flexible.
Since I have been practicing yoga (not consistently), I used to find it difficult to step my leg in front from a three-legged dog pose.
I usually use my hand to move my leg forward which is completely okay.
And Adriene makes you understand that it is a journey, and over time you will be better at it.
Anyway, now I can raise my leg up and step it forward from a three-legged dog.
I guess I got more flexible over time.
Yoga flow without a video
Lastly, after 30 days of yoga with Adriene, I can actually do a short yoga session without a video guide.
Once I start, I remember how to go from one pose to the other while breathing in and out.
I did it this morning and I was just flowing, and enjoying myself.
It is funny how I actually hear Adriene’s voice saying “take some time to notice how you feel”.
Yoga is magical, and Adriene made me fall in love with it even more.
Let’s Wrap Up!
So that’s my review of Home, 30 days of yoga with YWA.
Believe me when I say Adriene is the guide you need on your yoga journey.
Just trust her voice, trust the practice, and find what feels good.
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