This 100 Days of Yoga project came about during a casual conversation with my daughter, Carrie. I was in need of a project – a little motivation – and she suggested I take on a 100-day challenge. “Maybe you could draw a mandala every day. Or post a yoga pose for 100 days…” she offered.
Oh, dear. The thought of sharing a photo of myself in a yoga pose for ONE DAY made me super squirmy, let alone ONE HUNDRED DAYS! It felt so vulnerable to even think about…no way…nuh-uh…
But then I had an idea. Rather than the slant of ‘here’s me in a yoga pose’, what if I posted something for 100 days with the intent of teaching the practice? What if I could share yoga in a way that would make it seem more accessible to more people?
So that’s what I set out to accomplish.
The first 10 days of my project were the most challenging. I fussed and fretted over photos of myself. I spent a lot time thinking about poses that my body could hold, and then judging my alignment in photos of myself. Around day 15, I freaked out a little and wondered how in the world I’d be able to see this project through. Could I really come up with another 85 days of yoga?
Also around day 15, things began to shift. I started receiving comments on my daily posts that validated my purpose with this project. I was sharing yoga in a way that made it seem normal and attainable. I began to feel more comfortable with my voice as a yoga teacher, and I began to feel more comfortable posting photos of myself in yoga poses. By stepping out of my comfort zone and moving through my own vulnerability, I was able to show others what was possible.
The majority of my daily posts were written on the same day I shared them. Some days I felt ahead of the game because I at least had a few photos to draw from. Other days I woke up feeling a little anxious, not knowing what I was going to share. Every day I felt a sweet sense of accomplishment when I clicked the button to share yoga.
Some poses warranted a bit more explanation and instruction, but there’s a 2,000 character maximum on Instagram, so I was challenged to keep it short and sweet.
Photos were also a bit of a challenge. The majority of my photos were self-portraits taken by beating the 10-second timer on my phone camera. I also enlisted the help of friends and family members, and they were so gracious about lending a hand.
So, what’s next? Well, I now have a nice collection of 100 yoga-related blog posts to draw from. I plan to group these practices into sequences to share at later dates. (For low back pain, practice days 10, 12 and 30…)
I’m also much more comfortable being “seen”, so I will continue to post photos and descriptions of other yoga poses in the future. I even have some ideas for videos that I’ll be sharing.
And!!! I’m working on a “100 Days of Yoga” book! I’ll be compiling my 100-day project into a self-published book, complete with photos and a few extra practices that weren’t shared during the 100 day timeframe.
My goal as a yoga teacher has always been to share the practice in a gentle and healing way. I believe that yoga has something for everybody. Every body. I want everyone to know the benefits of the practice, so I’ll keep walking this path and doing what I love to do.
I am so grateful for the love and encouragement shown to me over the past 100 days. Many thanks to those who left comments, liked my posts, and even shared them on the daily. I’m also very grateful to my yoga students who cheered me on throughout the past few months. You blessed me so with your support!
I hope you’ll continue to follow my yoga journey, and I sincerely hope your own journey will include a personal yoga practice.
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