Maybe it's the date on the calendar. March 1st already. Already! Reminding me that time continues to click away.
Or it's the fact that the snow has almost completely melted and the sun is blazing promising a high of 46 degrees. Giving Chicagoans that Spring feeling. That time-to-get-exercising-again feeling. That bathing-suit-season-is-just-around-the-corner feeling.
Or perhaps it's the fact that my little baby is now over 17 pounds and I feel that added weight in my body. In my shoulders, my arms, my lower back.
Likely it's a combination of it all.
But no matter the reason, last night before collapsing into bed feeling my age in my joints, it hit me.
I need yoga.
I need to get back in touch with my body.
I need to breathe.
I need to nurture myself.
I need to take time out of my day - even if only for 10 minutes - to breathe, stretch and check-in with my body.
I need yoga.
My Month of Yoga
So for the entire month of March I am committing to doing yoga every single day.
Every single day.
Yoga once a day every day for at least ten minutes.
I know... ten minutes doesn't sound like much. But it's so much better than nothing. And if I commit to ten minutes, it's more than likely those ten minutes will stretch into something longer.
Ten minutes isn't intimidating.
And it's enough for at least a few sun salutations.
My goal is an hour a day. But there are some days that it's too challenging to carve out that hour. So at the very least it's ten minutes.
I'm really excited about this. I can't remember the last time I exercised every single day for a month without fail. I'm looking forward to having a conversation with my body again. And getting to know each other. I expect to be good friends by the end of the month.
The cost of doing yoga
Yoga classes are not in our budget.
And neither is a gym membership.
That means I'll be practicing yoga at home. Luckily I already have a mat and yoga blocks.
But that's it. I mean, I don't have any yoga DVDs.
So this is where I could use some help.
If there are any Yogis out there reading this... could you please recommend your favorite (beginner) poses to do if you only had ten minutes to practice?
Also, any online sources for Yoga inspiration?
Thank you so much! I'll be checking back in with my progress.
And lastly, does anyone out there want to join me?
Please talk to me in the comments below!
Happy March 1st, everyone!
(the above image is from yogawonders.com)