My Yoga Journey – Self-Taught Training (Week 1)

Welcome to My Yoga Journey!

Hello to all of my fellow yogi’s, future yogi’s, or random person who stumbled across this blog post!

Tomorrow will complete the first week of my yoga journey. As of January 2nd, 2018, I put on some sweatpants, grabbed my laptop, and began my journey towards becoming a self-taught yoga master. This is something that I have been wanting to do for quite some time. I am thrilled to finally get the ball rolling.

I decided to document my journey, because I wanted to be able to go back and see my progression as this journey goes on (and trust me, there is a lot of progression that needs to be made). I also hope that my yoga journey will help some of my readers who are on their own yoga journey. Perhaps I can teach you something that will help you with your own path to yoga success.

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself, explain how I got into yoga, and list some of my yoga goals.

MY BACKGROUND

I love working out. I love it, love it, love it. I love trying out new workouts and pushing my body to new limits. There have been many new workouts that have emerged, and it is safe to say that I have tried a large amount of them. That being said, out of all the workouts that I have tried, yoga has been a personal favorite of mine.

When I was a freshman in college (Fall of 2010), I took my first yoga class. I was lucky to have a University that had two great yoga instructors. Right after I took that class, I became obsessed with yoga.

After each yoga class, I felt like I had an awesome workout, while also having a great mental therapy session. Furthermore, I have a dance background (ballet, jazz, lyrical, etc.), and yoga supplemented my dance training amazingly. The amount of natural flexibility that I have, is zero to none! Yoga helped me with my flexibility, strength, and my physical appearance as a whole. I took a decent amount of classes, and really enjoyed my yoga time.

Well, as life typically goes, I began putting yoga on the back burner. I had an off-and-on relationship with Yoga. I still worked out, but yoga was not something that I consistently did. Eventually, I did not do it all. There were multiple reasons that led to why I stopped, but one of the reasons was a mixture of these three things: 1. Not making enough time for it; 2. Getting Discouraged; 3. Not Being Patient Enough.

Even though I enjoyed doing yoga more than most exercises, I never made enough time for it. I think getting discouraged and not being patient enough had a lot to do with it. I would compare myself to people too much, and I wanted to be amazing after taking one class. Overtime, I wanted to be the best more than I wanted to enjoy learning. I lost sight of why I began taking yoga in the first place. As a result, my joy for yoga began to shift.

Let me tell you this right now, it is going to take time to get a press handstand, sit in an Indian position in the air, and put your foot over your head. For some people, those awesome things come naturally, and that is great! But for most of us, we are just going to have to wait a little longer. That does not mean that we are not going to get there, it just means that we are not going to get there right when we want to.

Now that I have a new mindset, I am ready to become a master in yoga. All I need to do, is learn and consistently practice. I am going to work hard everyday, while also being patient with myself.

In addition to those things, I am also going to be a self-taught yogi. I am extremely busy at the moment. That is one of the reasons that I stopped making time for yoga in the first place. However, there are so many wonderful yoga training options online now, that time is no longer an excuse. I can teach myself the ins-and-outs of yoga right from the comfort of my living room. Eventually, I will take some classes in person again. For now, however, all I need is my laptop, myself, and my dedication.

YOGA GOALS for 2018

I have A LOT of yoga goals. I will make a post that will explain my goals in depth. For now, I will give you a generalized list of my yoga goals for 2018:

  1. Practice Yoga Everyday (Even if I can only do it for five minutes)
  2. Get My Right, Left, and Middle Splits
  3. Create a Yoga Instagram
  4. Increase My Arm Strength 
  5. Get a Perfect Handstand
  6. Create my Own Yoga Routine(s)
  7. Master a Standing Backbend
  8. By December, begin looking into and/or applying for a Yoga Instructor Certification Program
  9. Constantly Remember Why I Started Doing Yoga in the First Place – To Make My Mind and Body Happy.

MAKING IT HAPPEN

Do you see that picture of the girl with the not-so-great backbend? Well, that is me. Clearly, I have a long way to go. But guess what? That excites me! I am ready to make this happen. I am in a completely different mindset than I was when I first started yoga. I am a completely different person in general. This journey is for me.

For years, I have stopped doing the things that I love because I did not think that I was good enough, because I listened to others’ opinions about me, or because I was just plain lazy. Not anymore. This is my time. This is my year. This is my yoga journey.

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