“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita
My self-care focus for today is yoga. Yoga includes physical activity and deep breathing, two other topics in this 7 day series, but for me it needs to be something that stands on it’s own.
I have had a long and inconsistent relationship with yoga. One of those on again, off again relationships (except this one is actually a healthy relationship). I’ll do it consistently, then only every once in awhile, with no rhyme or reason to when I do or don’t practice.
I’m currently through the second week of a three week yoga challenge. It just happened to be that the challenge started on the same day that I hit a wall with my heightened anxiety and realized how much my self-care had been suffering. At that point I reminded myself of how much yoga has benefited me in the past; it focuses me, calms me, increases my strength and flexibility, and leaves me with a healthier, more positive mindset.
Something different about my experience with yoga currently is how it motivated me to change my schedule, which has actually been incredibly helpful. The first two days of the challenge, I completed my yoga practice at night, after putting Jack to bed. Already by the second day, I was tired and thinking about skipping the day. Instead, I completed the practice for the day and decided to start waking up an hour earlier. By waking up earlier, I’m starting my day in a completely different way (and much more able to focus on positives) and I look forward to doing it, instead of dreading it or thinking of skipping it.
After the 3 week series I’m currently working through, I have a 30 day series I plan to do. I tried this when I was going back to work after maternity leave, and didn’t make it past day 5 or 6. I feel confident that with my new schedule and motivation to focus on self-care, I will exceed that record in the 30 day series. My hope is that after both series, morning yoga will be a habit. Really, by them, I hope self-care in general is a habit.