Posts Tagged ‘gratitude’
Wow, a blog post! Last time I made one of these was last Fall, as I was sidelined with a knee injury. Time flies.
I looked at the calendar recently and realized that Spring is almost here. Yes, the Vernal Equinox happens on March 20th (which is tomorrow)! Spring is always a time of renewal and new hopes, and our spirits soar as the weather warms. It’s a good time, in my opinion, to take stock of your yoga practice as well.
For me, the Winter consisted of injury recovery as I slowly worked my way back into a regular yoga practice. New Year’s Day saw me doing 108 sun salutations. I was really sore, but it was wonderful! It really jump-started my practice and I’ve settled into a solid routine. I practice three or four times a week and have a set schedule of times that I usually go.
I’ve come to realize that this might be a problem. I love my teachers, don’t get me wrong. But it’s the same teachers, in the same time-slots. Sure, each practice is different but every teacher has preferred ways of doing things and poses that they prefer to teach over others.
I was also reminded recently that a lot of people who practice yoga are at times intimidated about trying something new.
A couple of us were practicing some poses, and another person there just watched us. That’s fine, but I sensed that there was fear in trying something new.
Over the last two weeks I also ran across teachers who are very good at what they teach, but they were hesitant about styles of yoga that they haven’t practiced. They were skeptical of these different yoga styles.
We can get into a rut, even in our yoga practices. We have our favorite teachers, our established time slots, our specific styles of yoga that we do. I know that I certainly have these patterns. For Spring, I’m going to challenge myself not to be in that routine so easily. I’m going to take classes from different teachers. I’m going to explore different yoga styles. I’m going to look for a new goal pose. And I’m going to see if I can shake up my schedule a bit and try to take classes at different times. Sure, it will be a little disruptive, but this will be a great way for me to learn and advance my practice.
I think one of the most important things is to learn from different teachers. I am constantly amazed at the different experiences, almost all of them good, that I have with different people teaching. Even if you stay with, say, Ashtanga, a different teacher could give a new perspective on a pose that’s been particularly challenging to you. I’m not advocating leaving your favorite teachers either. I know you couldn’t drag me away from mine. Still, variety can be really useful and beneficial. When I was first starting yoga, about two months in, I had a substitute teacher instead of my regular one and that was the first time I saw vasisthasana taught. That class has stuck with me and it was one of the first to show me the benefits of shaking things up from time to time.
Whatever you do for Spring, I hope that you find ways to advance and deepen your practice. Enjoy the flowers and the warm weather along with your yoga. Don’t be afraid to try something new from time to time either.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
Wed November 21, 2012
- 9:00 am Flow – Beginner Jessi Hughes Main Street STUDIO
- 10:30 am Gentle Christie Haran Main Street STUDIO
- 1:00 pm Flow Yoga Carolyn Connell Main Street STUDIO
- 5:00 pm Hatha 2 Christie Haran Main Street STUDIO
- 6:30 pm Vinyasa/Prana Flow Erin Dewey Nursery Avenue STUDIO
Fri November 23, 2012
- 7:30 am All Level Yoga Lawrie Vick Main Street STUDIO
- 8:30 am Pilates Brandy Greenwell Nursery Avenue STUDIO
- 9:15 am Hatha Lawrie Vick Main Street STUDIO
- 9:30 am Vinyasa/Prana Flow Lara Ward Nursery Avenue STUDIO
See everybody this weekend plus FREE Community Class followed by a Flow this Saturday!! Sunday we are all candle lit to relaxxxxxxxx! It will be a nice treat after the feast and holiday shopping!
- Namaste & Happy Thanksgiving
from all of us at Yoga 4 Life
Commit to yourself…
August 1 this year is going to be busy. First, it’s a full moon on that night. (As an aside, we’ll have two full moons in August, with the second one
on the 31st, which means we have 13 full moons this year). Second, August 1 marks the halfway point for Summer. We’re halfway through the Summer season in 2012 already!
Something I’ve been doing for years now that also starts on August 1 is called the Gratitude Project. It was started by an on-line friend named Julie McCord. The feeling was that we take all of the blessings that we have for granted. Most of us would agree with that, but what do we do to change it? The Gratitude Project is an attempt to make that change. Between August 1 and the start of Fall, which is September 23, you have to think of one thing per day for which you are grateful.
The project entails you being mindful of whatever brings you Joy and you journal “the something” you are grateful for each day between those dates. No repeats – you can be grateful for your spouse/kids/job/friends, but the reason for the gratitude needs to be different for each entry. It can BIG or not, your journal/blog entry can be long or short. It can be on paper or in pixels and public or private.
Some days are easy, others are not. Inevitably, there are days where everything’s going wrong and the last thing you’re considering is gratitude. Those are the days when this project is most important. You have to think, consider, really look at your life and find the positives that dwell within your life despite the crappy nature of a day. It can be done. Every year that I’ve done this project has seen some bitter and sad days, and yet there is always something for which I can be grateful and state it as such.
Commit to gratitude this year. Commit to yourself. Adopt the project and be grateful. I think you’ll see just how much positive change it can affect for you.
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