What’s more difficult? Getting to your daily class, getting out that yoga dvd daily, or creating your own daily yoga routine? How about all of the above!?
I recently started my own daily yoga routine, which I haven’t practiced for two days! I’ve tried, and beyond going into the yoga room, maybe lighting some incense and doing some long stretches, I haven’t felt motivated to do more – I’ve been focusing on creating a space in my backyard that welcomes nature. Yet, I distinctly hear the call of the yoga mat and decidedly dislike that I have neglected the practice I started recently. The focus of the practice was to increase upper body strength by using bakasana (crow pose), sirasana (headstand) and hastasana (hand stand). I was finally getting comfortable in bakasana when I stopped for the last two days and hastasana was getting a little, teeny-bit better. And now, I need to basically start over. Rather than beat myself up; I’m going to make the choice to breathe, let go and start over with grace.
At times, I wonder why I could happily teach yoga day in and day out – but fail to practice on my own when “my” time comes. I even find it easier to attend another instructor’s class than to do my own routine! For me, yoga is a time to build community, strength and patience while in the presence of others. To share the gift of yoga, I teach! And I give myself that same gift when I take classes from others; and yes, at the end of my self-designed practice – I feel that same gift!
Now, if I can just get to the mat to receive that gift today!
- It’s More Than Stretchy Pants and Meditation; Yoga Health Benefits (ultimatefulfillment.org)
- In praise of power… (jivayogalondon.wordpress.com)
- Yoga Get Rabate (yogiblossom.wordpress.com)
- Upward Facing Dog and Other Yoga Exercises for Men (yoga.answers.com)
- to be obsessed or to let go? (burcuyircaliblog.wordpress.com)
- Mastering the Elusive Yoga Crow Pose (yoga.answers.com)
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