Just Try Yoga Already.

Seriously, what’s the worst that could happen?

I am literally buzzing with excitement, like it’s a midnight Harry Potter book release, because I just got my Dedicate — Day 0 email from Adriene Mishler of Yoga with Adriene.

Every January, my favorite YouTube yoga teacher does 30 days of free daily yoga videos, and people around the world unite by practicing together.

2019’s is called Dedicate, and January 1st, is “Day 0,” because it’s a rest day before we start our 30 days of yoga on the 2nd.

I want you to practice with me, because her videos have made a huge difference in my life, and I want everyone to experience this same benefit.

There’s no magic anything that can solve each and every problem in your life, in the world, in your mind. But, this is maybe as close as you’re gonna get. Yeah, that sounds like hyperbole, but I actually mean it.

Taking the time to breathe, to let your body be your friend, can change your whole perspective. I will be the first to agree that, in this messed up world, it makes sense to be angry and freaked out. But how do we then work towards the world we want, rather than curling in a ball of overwhelmedness? For me, the answer is yoga (and long baths).

The thing is, you know yoga would help you:

with your depression, your anxiety, your feelings of powerlessness, your self-image, your back pain, your digestion. You know. You’ve heard it. You’ve scoffed.

Part of you has scoffed. And part of you has said, “Yeah, but I could never stick with that,” or “Yeah, but I’m not flexible enough,” or “Yeah, but I don’t want to embarrass myself.”

I practice in my pajamas on my carpet: no yoga mat, no audience (except my dog) (okay, and my kid). And I’ve watched myself go from embarrassed to empowered, just by doing Adriene’s videos.

Me doing crow pose! Whoa! Photo Credit: My husband

So hell yeah I want to share this with you!

Even though I know it sounds like I’m trying to sell you something (I swear I’m not!) Even though you’re maybe going to be hungover when you read this, and it’s going to sound too hard.

When I feel myself getting overwhelmed and anxious now, I have tricks, from Adriene. I take deep breaths (I don’t just know that I should take breaths; I actually take deep breaths) as I relax my shoulders down and together. I’ve done it so many times with her videos that I can do it unconsciously now.

Turns out my mom was right when she was always picking on my posture. Posture matters. The whole world feels different, we feel capable of more, when we teach ourselves to have good posture.

It was work to get there; I realized one reason I slumped was I literally wasn’t strong enough to hold myself up straight for long. But I gained those muscles to hold myself up straight (and grow half an inch!) by rolling around on the floor, with Adriene and her dog Benji cheering me on from my laptop, perched on my couch.

She tells me I’m her hero, and I believe her, because she may have 4.3 million YouTube subscribers, but I’ve stuck with it, with almost daily yoga, for over two years now. I still do her videos 4 or 5 times a week, and all the other days, because I’m in the habit, yoga creeps into my life, in the way I play with my kid, in the way I stretch when I’m just sitting around, in the way I try to see the good in my husband, even when we’re having a fight.

I’ve stuck with it. And if you’re thinking about doing it but something’s been holding you back, if you say, “You know what, Darcy, you’re right. I really should give this a try!”, if you change your patterns and say yes to this, then you’re my hero too.

Dedicate Day 0 Video on YouTube: Adriene welcoming everybody to this new month of yoga.

What’s your reason for holding back?

Like I said, you don’t need a mat. You don’t need fancy yoga pants (although, seriously, I refuse to wear pants anymore if they don’t have a spandex waistband; life’s too short). You don’t even need to believe in it yet. You can just try.

If part of it’s too hard, just do a little dance or take a rest. When you do it at home, you can do that! And no one will tell you it’s wrong!

Yoga with Adriene’s mantra is Find What Feels Good. Different things feel good for different people. So you find you. But it won’t be the same for you every day. There is not one limit that is you. There are possibilities that you will unlock, that you don’t even know about, if you give it a try.

I’m 35 and I’m in better shape than when I was 25. Before yoga, I was accepting that this was just an inevitable downward decline — and, sure, aging is real, and inevitable, and let’s make peace with that. But aging doesn’t mean giving up on feeling joy and pride in your body. And it doesn’t need to be all downhill. Make it bumpy. Do some yoga and make it bumpy! (Why isn’t that her slogan?)

So just try yoga already! Do it with me?

Seriously, what’s the worst that could happen?

You can follow along with the free YouTube videos without signing up, but I recommend signing up here for the daily pep talk emails. It’s all free. Seriously, I cannot think of a downside.

Missed the January 2nd start date? No worries. You can start any time!