Monday, August 1, 2011

One thing leads to another…

I was spending some time online tonight and one thing led to another. I read a tweet by Ravelry’s rainydaygoods about a 21 Day Yoga Challenge. Her link led me to a blog, where I learned more about the challenge: to practice yoga every single day for 21 days, for at least 5 minutes each day. Some days you might practice for a full yoga workout and other days it will only be a few poses for 5 minutes, but you must do yoga every day.

The theory is, if you do something for 21 days, it will become a habit (or if you stop doing something, you will kick a habit). I’ve read about this theory before. It’s all about changing your daily routine.

A few years ago I was practicing yoga every day. I woke up an hour earlier than I needed to every morning. It was a real challenge since I hate mornings, but I really felt good afterwards. So, why did I stop? Well, I remember I got a bad cold and stopped for a week. After that, I guess I just had a hard time getting myself up so early.

This challenge is good because it allows me fit yoga into my life without the “all or nothing” approach I was forcing on myself before. If I don’t feel like getting up an hour early, I don’t have to. I can take 5 minutes and do a few poses before bed, as long as I do it every day.

Hopefully one thing will lead to another and most days I’ll invest more than 5 minutes, and hopefully it’ll lead to a life-long habit.

So, who’s in with me?


  1. I can commit to five minutes or more! Even if it's while I'm cooking dinner, I'm in :)

  2. i did that when i first got the wii fit. i woke up an hour early and did the little circuit. it was nice to be up early, but i fizzled out. maybe i'll give it a shot. it would at least inspire me to wake up at a reasonable hour!

  3. Heh. I got stuff to do yoga, and managed to do it for about two sessions on my own. I'm a little late in the game, but I'll try to carve out a space on the floor and make it happen.