Today is January 15th, which means we are officially half way into the first month of 2018! I figured this is a great opportunity to check in about how I’m doing on my commitments I last posted and to keep myself grounded on the path I want to keep going on.

At the beginning of the year, I set out to find ways to help me cope with the stress and anxiety I’ve been feeling lately.   My eczema flare ups are still happening and literally ranges so much day to day.   Some days I feel like I’m on the path to healing and I can escape without a scratch attack.  Others, and on days I feel particularly stressed, I get flare ups and that uncontrollable itching kicks in. In an effort to take my mind of all of the worries and thoughts that seem to overwhelm me, I decided to sign up for a 30 day yoga challenge at my local yoga studio.  And by local, I mean it is two doors down from my apartment, so I have no excuse not to go. Sometimes we need to manipulate ourselves to get us going, right?

Processed with VSCO with c3 preset

Here’s how the yoga challenge works: I paid $175 for 30 days of yoga.  With a drop in class at $20, this means that if I go 9 times, it will have paid itself. And on top of that, if I go for 30 days straight, I get another consecutive 30 days free, so really, this is a 60 day challenge! Being the competitive person I am sometimes, I felt that this challenge was appropriate (say I can’t do something and I will prove you wrong! Ha!).  But more than that, I wanted to find a way to disconnect from stress and strengthen my mind and body connection.  Though I am on my feet all day as a teacher, I find that I need a release at the end of my day. I used to go to the gym and run and lift weights 3-4 times a week, but with these cold temps and dark nights, I’ve been unmotivated to go make the trek to the gym (hibernation mode is so real, y’all). I still wanted something to look forward to at the end of each day that is for me and that allows me to move my body.  It’s also helping me strike a better work/life balance as I know I have a standing commitment every night to attend yoga!

Though just 6 days into the challenge, I’m already feeling the benefits of yoga.  I’m feeling more in tune with my body. I’m paying attention to my breath.  I’m giving myself the permission to slow down and thank my body for what it is capable of.  As silly as it sounds, it’s 1 hour a day that I get to disconnect from reality (especially social media), envision my best self, and actively work towards manifesting it. Yoga is helping me to heal my relationship with my  body. It forces me to connect to the feelings that I may be tempted to push aside. It’s a time in which I’m centering myself and a time to focus on stillness.

Processed with VSCO with c3 preset

At the end of this challenge, I’ll update y’all on what I’ve learned, but so far, I’m loving every minute of it.  There’s nothing like joining a hot, steamy, room, sweating out your toxins and negative energy. I’m excited by the start of my yoga journey and even more excited I’ve made some serious moves to prioritize my mental and physical health.

Let’s keep each other accountable here! How are you prioritizing your physical and mental health, friends? Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve ever tried yoga and whether or not you enjoy it!

Namaste, sweet friends.

Processed with VSCO with c3 preset

What I’m wearing: