Throughout your practice you’ll begin making observations. Days when you are strong or distracted. Days you’re fit and flexible or stiff and sore. In classes with a consistent routine, this will be particularly noticeable. “How come today I can’t touch my toes?” Or, “My lower back is sore in this pose today when it wasn’t before.” are common among new students.
Self-awareness grows alongside continued practice. Relax, associated environmental factors will become more obvious with time. This is when many students begin altering their habits to better improve their practice. When it becomes a lifestyle. Take a moment to reflect on how you feel at the end of each class. You’ve probably had a good sweat, feel light, calm and energized — all at the same time. Allow me to assure you, it continues to get better. Preserving this state as long as possible and removing everything which reduces it, becomes a focus over time. This is getting in touch with your self.
In Exploring Yoga-Dance, Pt. 2/3 I was on a particularly high note and felt an insane urge to dance, express my energy and flow. I’ve never done anything that before, let alone record and share it. However, it was incredible liberating to see where my practice has taken me. You’ll find the same thing happens to you as well.
Anyways, on this wonderful journey, I’ve observed a few actions which elevate my practice. They’re easy to adopt and make an instant impact on your experience. Tap “Read More” and see what they are.
Extended Side Angle pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana II) • Nha Trang, Vietnam Dec 2017
Part 1: The Practice
This four part blog series will include a list of four actions to take as you immerse yourself into yoga.
At the most fundamental level, you only need two things to do yoga: a body and willingness.
While in theory this is true, in reality, it’ll take a little more. Before getting started, make a list of 3-5 reasons why you want to practice yoga. Here are a few reasons why yoga is important to me:
Integrate with a like-minded community
Change the habits in my life
Feel absolutely wonderful in, and connected with, my body
It’s worth noting, what you initially write down, and what you get out of a class, may be completely different. That’s ok! This is a great first step in learning acceptance. See it as a part of the discovery process. As a teacher and a student, I ask you to go against the setting of goals for your practice such as reaching poses by dates. Simply be happy you have opened yourself up to yoga. Flow with where this newfound experience takes you. I promise, it’ll be in a direction you never thought would have so many far-reaching effects.
“Dismounting, a local nods in approval as I meme my intentions.”
Solo Trip Journal 55 — Changes and Challenges includes what I’ve been doing the last two weeks in Bali! This highly visual edition includes:
A personal struggle during my first weeks here
Exploring a local waterfall
A spontaneous motorcycle trip not on any tourist attraction
Travel and global living motivation
I know the attached PDF files are huge and take a long time to load. I’ve debated a lot about how to make an appropriate change that lets me create a file I can save outside of my web-editing app in case I change providers. The best solution I have right now is to include a link to the PDF version (below) and screen shots of the pages in the document for faster loading (select Read More).