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My 30 days of yoga – the review

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Week 2 & 3
After finishing week 1, I was ready for the upcoming weeks. I thought it would get easier, but it actually got harder every week. I discussed this with the other girls and Lisa said it was getting heavier because I was using my muscles the correct way. Pretty awesome huh :). So I just kept doing my very best every time.

I also learned to take my rest during practices. When things get to heavy I always keep going because I don’t want to fail, so stopping during yoga would feel like I failed, but during my third week I started to listen to my body and went into child’s pose when my body needed it. I stopped looking at the people around me to see if I could catch up with everybody. At the end of week 3 I finally had the feeling I was there doing it for ME and not comparing myself to others. This way it felt way more relaxed to do yoga.

So please keep this in mind when you’re going to try it for the first time. There will be people there that are more flexible than you, but you are there for YOU  and no one else.

Finishing the challenge!
So I finally completed the 30 day Balanzs Yoga Challenge! During the month I missed two classes so at the end I caught up and did two lessons in one day…twice! I was so determined to finish the 30 days and every time I could place another stamp on that board it felt so good. I took all the classes at the yoga studio and took different kinds of lessons like Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Gentle Flow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou should have seen me during Hot Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga…completely dripping all over with sweat and red like a tomato! Yeah…not a pretty picture 🙂 but that feeling afterwards is P R I C E L E S S. So if you really like to work hard, you should definitely try Vinyasa Yoga and Hot Yoga. If you’d rather do a more relaxed practice, try Hatha Yoga or Gentle Flow.

So how do I feel now?
The best thing for me is that I noticed that as soon I open the door to the yoga studio and enter, all emails, work, calls I have to make, presentations I have to prepare, meetings I have to attend stay outside. All that matters are those 75 minutes where my mind meets my body and they become friends. That’s what yoga did to me. One day I will do that crow pose and stay there without moving, but for now this is my most important change 🙂

 

 

The teachers
All the women that teach yoga are super duper nice and so approachable. They really give good feedback and help you with your postures. One time the owner, Zsoka, gave me some awesome tips on how to really straighten my back during downward facing dog. So after that I tried to implement it every time and noticed a real difference in my back. Each teacher has her own kind of style in teaching and I really dig that. I love how every teacher makes you work really hard to get the best out of your practice.

Some of the teachers end the class with a beautiful poem or passage from a book. One time one teacher turned on beautiful music to focus on the breathing. Loved that!

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Where all the classes are given

Breathing techniques
One of the things I really loved and wanted to share with you was the Breathing Technique: Nadi Shodhan Pranayama. It’s an awesome breathing technique that completely relaxed me and it felt like my lungs had expanded with all that extra air.  It really is something I am going to try to do every day. Check out this video to see how it’s done. 

BE SURE TO DO BREATHING TECHNIQUES UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A QUALIFIED YOGA TEACHER.

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So after a month of intense yoga I decided to continue with yoga and try doing it 3,4 times a week. Feel like giving yoga a try? Balanzs yoga offers a truly unique yoga practice that’s accessible for everybody. The awesome thing is that you can try it for free for one week so sign up for the 7 day free trial or visit the studio in Rotterdam or The Hague and maybe I’ll see you there!

Namasté.

Laura 

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  1. Charlotte

    Heel herkenbaar! Yoga is heerlijk (& verslavend). Ashtanga Yoga is bij mij grote favoriet. Ook nog eens een heerlijke workout 🙂 Good job Laura!!

    • Laura

      Hoi Charlotte,

      Dankjewel voor je lieve berichtje! Je hebt helemaal gelijk, het is zo heerlijk omdat het goed voor mind en body is. Doe je het al lang?
      X

      Laura

  2. Ann

    Inspiring post!

    One note: I think ‘heavy’ is translated directly from Dutch to English ? I think you could better use ‘intense’ , ‘demanding’, ‘exhausting’, ‘difficult’, or ‘tough’.
    It makes the reading a bit easier 🙂 (Heavy better fits in sentences such as: ‘This dumbbell is heavy’.

    • Laura

      Thanks Ann!! Xxx

  3. Saskia

    Ah leuk artikel, krijg meteen zin in yoga 😀

    • Laura

      Hoi Saskia,

      Lief om te horen, thank you! En ga je ook yoga proberen?

      X Lau

  4. Nienke

    I’m a yoga teacher and I strongly discourage doing breathing techniques without the supervision of a qualified teacher… It can mess your breathing up big time (hyperventilation) and even be counter productive to your yoga practice when not done correctly.

    • Laura

      Hi Nienke,

      Thank you for your message. Good point! I added it in the article 🙂

      Laura

  5. Stéphanie

    Nice article Lau, seriously feeling a bit more relaxed already after reading the article! I loved doing Bikram Yoga, but I haven’t found the time recently to go. Unfortunately, there is no studio next door to work 🙁 Xxx