I'll admit it, I have a problem. Somehow, I never stick to hobbies longer than a few days, weeks, or maybe months. Flute? Yeah, that lasted about two weeks. Piano? Just a few short months. Dance? A few years… but I lost interest when I had the opportunity to take a sculpture class.
The first time I did yoga back in high school, I really loved it. But, when the semester-long class ended, there wasn't anything to keep me faithful. I would try practicing on my own once in a while, or go to the occasional class when I was home over school vacations. I even took a semester of Vinyasa in college, but the habit never stuck.
But that's all about to change. In the last few months, I’ve joined the Greatist Team, scored a membership to New York Health and Racquet Club through work (yay!), and discovered a warm Vinyasa class every Thursday I absolutely love. And I've rediscovered how great yoga makes me feel— physically challenged, relaxed, clearheaded, and calm. I've decided to make yoga part of my daily routine— committing to seven days per week, which is a lot more than the one (maybe two) I practice now. This month I'm challenging myself to do at least 30 minutes of yoga every single day. I’ll not only push myself physically, but also learn how to carve out time in my busy day for something that will make me happy. (And also get over that pesky "commitment" thing!)
For me, this yoga challenge is really about feeling as happy as possible every single day. But yoga isn’t for everyone. As you (hopefully) follow me though this challenge, I encourage you to think about how you can change your daily routine to feel happier and healthier.
Each Friday, I'll be sharing my experiences from the week along with my class schedule for the upcoming week so any New York City readers can join me! Plus, I'll post updates on Tumblr after each class and live-Tweet every day (from @ksmorin with the hashtag #greatistchallenge)— so get ready to follow along! To help guide my challenge, I've created a list of styles to try and poses to master. Here they are!
Styles: Iyengar, ISHTA, Bikram, Antigravity, Restorative, Ashtanga, Kirpalu, Caponyasa, Katonah
Poses: Crow, Tripod headstand, Full boat Wheel
Each Friday, I'll post my schedule for the upcoming week (Saturday through Friday). Here's where I'll be for the rest of the week— come join me! And tune in again Friday for next week's schedule!
Wednesday, February 1: I practiced at home this morning using this free download from YogaDownload.com. No better way to start the challenge than an early morning workout!
Thursday, February 2: Warm Vinyasa with Steven Cheng at New York Health and Racquet Club, 23rd St. (1:05-2:15)
Friday, Februrary 3: Alignment Yoga at New York Health and Racquet Club, 21st St. (12-1:15)
Have a favorite studio, class, or instructor you think I should give a shot? A video you follow religiously or yoga podcast that starts your day? Share them with me and I'll try my best to check them out, too! Graphic by Christopher Hardgrove