What 30 Days of Yoga Taught Me

Updated on February 1, 2018
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Alyssa has a passion for fitness and sharing her favorite tips and tricks with the world. Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast.

Life lessons from yoga.
Life lessons from yoga.

Every January, Adriene Mishler hosts a 30-day yoga challenge on her YouTube channel, Yoga with Adriene. I practice yoga regularly on my own. I like to throw on a music playlist and just move. Occasionally throughout the year I will put on a guided video, and for the past eight months, I have been taking part in yoga challenges on Instagram.

But Adriene's challenge is a way for me to get back to my roots. I've participated in it for the past three years. It allows me to reconnect with my body, slow down, and get back to the foundation of my yoga practice. It's something I always look forward to.

This year's theme was True. It was a 30-day practice designed to allow people to learn to listen and honor their bodies, to build a consistent practice, and as Adriene always says, to find what feels good. I absolutely enjoyed it! Yoga is a big part of my life and this 30-day practice taught me a lot. I thought I would share the lessons I learned in this year's event in the hopes that it would inspire someone else to give yoga a try.

Some of the lessons are brand new, some are from Adriene herself, some are realizations on the mat, and some are reiterations from my years of practice. Yoga has a wonderful way of bringing clarity.

Yoga brings clarity.
Yoga brings clarity.

1. The most challenging part is showing up on your mat everyday.

2. You don't need fancy clothes to practice. Pajamas are fine.

Yoga at home. Pajamas encouraged.
Yoga at home. Pajamas encouraged.

3. Everyday is different. Each side of your body is different.

4. Accept how you feel today. Accept how your body feels today. Accept what is.

5. Learn to listen to your body and honor what it needs.

6. Every end is a new beginning.

7. Learn to let go of that which does not serve you.

8. Allow, and be present for yourself.

Find moments of stillness everyday.
Find moments of stillness everyday.

9. Strength and support come from within.

10. Challenge yourself to change the way you react to difficulties.

Balance is a focus of the breath and the core, grounding down and lifting up.
Balance is a focus of the breath and the core, grounding down and lifting up.

11. You always have a choice.

12. People are who they are. You cannot change them. But you can control you.

13. You are in charge. Always.

14. Be kind to yourself. Work with your body.

15. Explore on (and off) the mat. Try moving in a new way.

Explore new ways of moving, on and off the mat. Surprise yourself with what you can achieve.
Explore new ways of moving, on and off the mat. Surprise yourself with what you can achieve.

16. Everything is as it should be.

17. Take what you need. Leave what you don't.

18. Find what feels good.

Be confident. Don't be afraid to fly. Most importantly, be true to yourself.
Be confident. Don't be afraid to fly. Most importantly, be true to yourself.

Check out the challenge for yourself! True - 30-Day Yoga Journey | Yoga with Adriene

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Alyssa


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    • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Ohio

      One day soon. Perhaps Maggie could join you? You might not get much accomplished, but you would probably laugh a lot!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I still haven't started, but I'm getting closer. :) That's something at least.


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