REM Runner’s 21 Day Yoga Challenge

by julie on June 14, 2013

I’m taking on a new challenge – doing yoga every day for 21 days! Returning from SLEEP 2013, my energy was low and my pants were tight. I needed a short-term goal to jump-start my summer.

Today is day 4 of my challenge and I’m feeling GREAT. My body is sore, but in that good achey strong way. I feel more ALIVE and have been sleeping well.¬†

I will be traveling a lot during these 21 days. Despite good intentions, I’ve NEVER done yoga at home or in hotels. I have a great yoga-at-home CD, but I lose motivation quickly outside of the yoga studio. Yet I am determined to complete my challenge!

Last June, I took on the Mount Washington Road Race to honor my father for Father’s Day. Although my yoga challenge isn’t as monumental, I need small goals right now to get through Father’s Day and the weeks ahead.¬†Wish me luck!

What challenges are you taking on this summer?

Mid-challenge update here

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laura j. evert June 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

go go julie! think if it as a treat for your mind + body because really it is. not a chore, a gift you give to yourself everyday. oxx

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julie June 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Thank you so much, Laura! This is a FABULOUS way to look at it. :-)

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erica June 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

i recently found http://www.yogadownload.com/ and its amazing! i find it so hard to do yoga at home and to stay motivated or do it without getting distracted by something more “productive”. but its also really hard to fit class times into my schedule some weeks. there are a ton of free download videos and audios on this website and i really enjoy most of them! i do yoga so much more often now at home!! and its nice to change it up from the dvds that i got sick of!

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julie June 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Oh great idea, thank you Erica!! I’ll check this out. Namaste. :-)

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Roseanne Blum June 26, 2013 at 1:47 am

As I have been having a hard time having the energy and motivating myself to practice yoga at home, reading your entry today makes me really want to create a goal for myself having to do with exercise and yoga. I use to practice regularly but like you, I never have done it at home. This past winter, I had a hard time finding the right dosing for my narcolepsy and I also was not able to nap at the same time every day as suggested by my sleep doctor. And I have just been struggling with my exhaustion. I know yoga really helps, but I have not had time to go to classes; therefore, I think practicing at home would be beneficial. I think I will choose 4 days a week to practice and try not to deviate. I hope you let us know how you did with your personal challenge. Your blogs and the article you wrote for HuffPost have been very inspirational to me, and I plan to purchase and read your book this summer. Thanks!

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julie June 26, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Hi Roseanne,
Thank you so much for your comment! I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with narcolepsy. For me, I have good days and bad days. Having small achievable goals really helps me stay positive and feel productive. I thnk 4 days a week is a great goal. Possibly schedule exact days and times and list these times in your schedule so you stick to it. Even 10-15 minutes is FABULOUS and once you start going, you may continue for longer! Thank you for checking out my book – I think you will really enjoy it!
Sending wakefulness and positive yoga energy your way,
Julie

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