This past January, I finally did it. I completed (to the best of my ability) a month long Yoga with Adriene challenge. This is a practice I have shied away from in the past because I simply never felt I could do it. Well, I was wrong. I did it and I have continued challenging myself consistently for the last 3 months as part of my wellness journey.
I began thinking about aging and my health most seriously last May (7 months prior to taking my first Yoga step). I began implementing movement and ushering an overall shift in mindset. Needless to say, it has been a gradual process of self-awareness. I am not going to write about how impactful and life changing the practice of Yoga is because it’s been well documented by experts. I will however, share how this process for me took place.
Over the years, I have faced personal challenges, like most of us, that have shaken me to my core. As a woman, a mother, a nurse and now the daughter of an aging (albeit beautiful, brilliant and strong) Cuban woman, my first thoughts have always been focused on the care of others and then myself. A choice I have made with joy, but at this moment in time, I am learning that both can take place simultaneously. In other words, because I have children, patients, and family who need me does not mean I cannot carve time for my self-care. Most importantly, I can no longer excuse the lack of focus on my personal wellbeing with this narrative- a chunk of truth I digested gently.
After my first completed yoga session, I sat in my bedroom-tears in my eyes- not because I was so proud of myself (which I was) but more significantly because, I realized the true challenge was not on the mat, but in my mind. I began shifting my mindset to a place of ‘yes, I can’ – a place of self-care and priority. Of note, I have changed my (very early) morning routine to incorporate daily movement and awareness as a top priority of the day. From approximately 5-6:30AM, I dedicate to me.
As I navigate personal wellness and daily habits, I will continue to share moments where movement impacted my day. I will also be sharing with you more details regarding my 5AM morning routine in the coming weeks.
After I documented the Move– Yoga with Adrienne challenge back in January on my Instagram Stories (you can find it saved in the ‘My Journey’ highlight), I received many DMs from new friends following me who had done the challenges and loved her channel- it truly is an incredibly supportive community.