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The thing I don’t talk about

Tag: Yoga
Mar 14th, 2013

I realized that I don’t spend a lot of time talking about one activity that I have loved since I was 8 years old. Yoga. I remember finding a book in the library, Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar, and bringing it home so I could practice on the floor next to the kitchen table. I loved that book and hated that I had to return it. I checked it out regularly, checking out copies from every new library I belonged to (we moved a lot when I was a kid.) I’ve never done a daily practice, but I have done sequences regularly. Now that I have found myself without regular exercise (since I still have the imbalances that are keeping me from running), I’ve realized that this is the perfect time to commit to a daily practice. I started trying to commit to daily meditation back in October, with a group of friends. Eight days ago, I expanded this to a commitment to practice at least three Sun Salutation-based sequences and at least 5 minutes in Savasana every day. A few days later, I decided to learn the primary series of Ashtanga yoga. I have now been practicing the primary series for a week. I’m learning it in the traditional way (except I do not yet have access to a teacher or shala) by becoming comfortable with a pose before learning the next one. I’m using the Michael Gannon Yoga app for my practice. I’m currently working on Spread Feet Intense Pose A (Prasarita Padottanasana A.)

My only goal right now is to show up on the mat every day. (On moon days, Saturdays, and lady holidays, I’ll do some simple restorative poses and work on my Restorative Exercises.) This is probably one of the biggest exercise commitments I’ve made in my life. I’ve always flirted with yoga and I’ve even been to two led practices/classes (one Power Yoga-style and one Vinyasa flow style) but I have never committed to doing it every day for the foreseeable future. I’m excited and intimidated, but I’m also trying to keep a beginner’s mind and practice non-attachment. That means that I am not attaching myself to the idea that this will mean I can run again and I’m not attaching myself to any ideas of losing weight or mastering specific poses. Though I am just a little happy that I finally got my feet to the ground in plow pose yesterday. And I’m happy that I can still do lotus, although I have a LOT of work to do.

I will have to find my way through figuring out how talking about yoga will affect my practice.

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