Yesterday was my last day of university classes. Forever (or at least, until I decide to return to university to turn my Rhetoric degree into a double major with the Classics department). I just have a couple of papers to write and 2 exams towards the end of April, and then I’m done- graduated! This is incredibly exciting. Also it’s a little intimidating.
Over the next month, I’ll be rather busy: I have to find someone to sublet my apartment (the person who was going to take it decided not to just a couple days ago- gah!), move into my new condo (I get possession in exactly two weeks!), finish a couple major assignments for university, write two exams, and try to find a “real job” now that I have marketable skills. At the same time, there’s a bunch of smaller projects that I’m committed to; writing articles and doing some work for the women’s group my mum is a part of and working on a health book and that sort of thing.
Actually, now that I’ve written that out, it doesn’t seem nearly as frighteningly busy of a month as it did when it was all just running through my head. *Breathes sigh of relief.*
To ward off the stress levels and potential freak-outs that may occur over the next month, I’ve decided that for the month of April I’m going to do yoga every day. My nutritionist Nicole strongly recommended some time ago that I start doing yoga to help with my sleeping problems, emotional eating issues, and all-around wellness. I’ve known for years that I “ought” to do yoga regularly, but it’s one of those things that I always find excuses for. It’s about time for another Living Healthy in the Real World Fitness Challenge, so a month of yoga sounds perfect to me! I’ve practiced yoga very sporadically in the past; when I was in junior high, I used to do it at home in front of a video with the mother dear and the sistertraveller, and over the past couple years I have visited yoga studios for classes a handful of times. That’s pretty much the extent of my yogi background.
So, last week I practiced 1 hour of yoga. It felt amazing. I was refreshed and rejuvenated all day long.
Although taking yoga classes eats up time and money incredibly fast, there are plenty of free downloadable yoga classes and programs online (Dear Internet: I love you.). YogaDownload has a variety of different yoga classes that you can buy, but it also has free downloads for the 20-minute sessions. And who knows? Maybe I’ll splurge and take a yoga class in a studio with an instructor once or twice during this month, too.
Incorporating yoga into my life isn’t something that I see as a “task among many”- rather, I see it as an asset, a way to more effectively accomplish what I need to do in the day. An hour a day is too long for me to want to devote to it, at least right now, so the 20-minute sessions are the perfect length of time.
I won’t be writing up a daily account during the month of April regarding my yoga experience (especially because our Budgeting mini-series is already underway!), but I’ll definitely do a re-cap at the end of the month and perhaps discuss yoga partway through the month as well.
What is your favourite way to de-stress? Do you practice yoga? Why or why not? Will you be participating in this 30-day Yoga Challenge?
We’ll return to the Living Healthy in the Real World Guide to Budgeting mini-series on Monday!