Fitness: Bikram 30 Day Challenge – Day 30 Update

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I completed my 30 day Bikram Yoga challenge on Saturday, March 14. I started this journey because I wanted to add fitness as a daily habit and thought yoga would be a good place to start. And, that 30 days of Bikram yoga would be challenging as well as attainable. Now, here I am, happy to have accomplished my goal, but even happier to have gone through my journey. It wasn’t always easy, but it was worth it.

As I’ve said before, Bikram yoga is a 2.5 – 3 hour daily commitment. I started when I did because I knew that I could make the time for it. Sad to say, but it is not something I can keep up every day now. This is the only negative thing I’ve found with it.

When I started the journey, I was way out of shape. I had not worked out in a really long time and desperately wanted to make it a daily habit. But the thought of it was just too daunting (I hit a major wall after I completed my one and only marathon a few years ago). However, I committed and I made it. Here are some of the things I’ve learned along my journey.

It’s mind over matter – During class and during a particular pose, you will often hear a teacher say “Make up your mind and just do it.” This is so true. When I decided to commit to 30 days, I made up my mind that I was going to do it. I also posted daily on Instagram. During class, if I started to think too long about a pose, I would go back to this mantra of mind over matter and just do it. I think this could apply to life as well.

You will find time for the things that you make a priority – You know that saying, “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse?” Well, this is so true. Before Bikram, I would tell myself I had no time for exercise (not even 30 minutes), yet I managed to find 2.5 hours a day every day for 30 days for Bikram. Why? Because I made it a priority. I had to juggle some days, but I always made it to class. I even made it to class when I was feeling so ill that I had to spend almost the entire day in bed, except for when I went to class.

I am a happier person when I exercise – There is scientific evidence that endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body. I have always felt better after every class. On days that I was feeling lazy, this is one of the things I would remember to tell myself to get to class and it usually worked.

Small steps can lead to big things – I started my yoga journey on a mission to accomplish doing it for 30 days straight. Now I am on a mission to do it for 90 days straight. And, it has given me the confidence to start my running again as well as try other forms of exercise. Like they say, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Since I’ve completed my 30 days of Bikram, I’ve started to practice at another studio. While I really did love hot yoga, I wanted to learn other forms as well. My new yoga studio has classes ranging from Vinyasa to Ashtanga to Forrest, as well as other forms. So far, I’ve tried Vinyasa and Yin yoga and have enjoyed both. I want to keep a daily practice so I am seeing what works best for me. This journey to health is a lifelong one in which I will continue to challenge myself. It may not always be easy, but I will make sure to always make it worthy.

Do you practice yoga? Do you workout regularly? What keeps you motivated?

12 thoughts on “Fitness: Bikram 30 Day Challenge – Day 30 Update

  1. Yoga is ALWAYS my go to when I need to get back on track. It is where I began my fitness journey and lead to strength I didn’t know I had! Whenever I feel a slump in my fitness routine or out of balance with my health- its back to the mat. In fact after recently adopting a new puppy followed by two weekends of traveling sandwiched by long work weeks, I took the last week off from the gym and solely focused on my yoga practice. It seriously does wonders for mental and physical health! You are awesome, keep it up! I cant wait to see where your journey leads you!

    1. Thank you! I agree, yoga is mentally and physically restorative. Yay! for adopting a new puppy! I have such a sweet spot for dogs. Our adopted yellow lab is 10 years old, but he still thinks he’s a puppy:)

  2. Well done! It’s so true that you will always make time for something that’s your priority! People always tell me they do not have time to exercise and while I understand that some days you’re tired out from work, but not being able to spare 30 minutes is quite ridiculous. So proud of you that you’ve kept up with your Bikram Yoga 30 day challenge! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Soph! OMG! I laugh so hard for being one of those ridic people who would find any and every excuse to not exercise. I mean, I never even had to leave my home! I could have done videos or even stair climb —- I live in a 50 story building!

  3. I so agree with the mantra “min over matter”. It’s amazing how the mind can help us get through anything and everything! Great post!

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