I’m delighted to say that I have completed my 30 days of yoga challenge. Announcing something publicly and allowing this to hold me accountable was a huge part of the magic that got me practicing everyday. Thank you so much for all your encouragement and support, all the questions and lovely comments. I don’t think I could have done it without you!
Please note that the poses are not in sequence order. The cartoons I made each night were pretty random, simply choosing a pose from the day’s practice. I am working on creating a short sequence to share with you in case you’d like to use my cartoons to inspire your own home practice. Stay tuned!
Here are the cartoons from the last 11 days of the challenge:
I know I may have mentioned some favourites already but Viparita Karani really is my absolute favourite. If I can, I love to end my practice with this one. It’s also great as a stand-alone way to chill out when you only have a few minutes. No fancy equipment needed. Just rest your sacrum on a lift, pop your legs up the wall and relax.
One of my teachers once told us that this pose balances sun and moon energy. The sun energy of the head looks inward and downwards towards the moon energy of the heart, bringing them into greater harmony. Sign me up please!
Friday evening. The perfect time for a recuperative practice. Coming back to myself at the end of a full week.
A bit of brain calming always comes in handy after long hours looking at a computer screen!
Supported Bharadvajasana a great pose for releasing the muscles of the back, especially after doing backbends. It’s also a wonderful thing to do while you’re sitting at your desk. If you can’t put your legs through the chair, you can also sit side-on.
By this point in the challenge, my yoga practice seemed to have drifted later and later in the day, around 7 pm. There are pros and cons of practicing at this time. Cons: my energy and focus isn’t the same as it is earlier in the day. Pros: it feels like the perfect way to let go of the day and begin the evening with a sense of centredness and calm.
This one is a great preparation for Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) and a great energiser!
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana is such an interesting mix of relaxing and enlivening!
I don’t include Parighasana often enough. Such a great stretch for the sides!
I haven’t been spending much time in this pose but I like to sit in dandasana for a short while after sitting cross-legged or back on my heels. My knees are always so much happier for it!
I made it to day 30! And what better pose to end with than Savasana. (I included a legs-up version earlier on in the month. This is the classic version.)
A moment to absorb the gifts of the practice. A moment of non-doing in which all the doings can find a place to settle and rest.
I had one page left in my yoga journal so I couldn’t resist having a little celebration:
I’d like to thank, Alaric Newcombe, my Iyengar Yoga teacher of the past 8 years, for being an incredible and inspiring teacher. His energy, enthusiasm, and deep love of yoga are present in every single class and are definitely contagious!
Thank you so much to all of you for your encouragement and support along the way. Turning up here to share my drawings with you played a huge part in helping me to show up each day for my practice. I’m hoping that the experience of doing yoga every day this past month will help me practice more regularly.