October 29, 2018
Today is my 58th birthday and the first day of my Year of Yoga.
Last year, every day I posted to Facebook something that I was grateful for. This year, I have decided that I would like to commit to a yogic practice each day and share my journey here.
Why yoga??? Well, 13 years ago, I began practicing meditation and yoga. Back then, it was just about me practicing and improving my life. But it swiftly became so much more than that and has grown to be my life’s work.
The only problem is when something becomes your life’s work, sometimes it stops being something you do for yourself. So like with my year of gratitude, this blog and these posts are for me. If you choose to travel along this road with me, you will be there as my witness and my accountability.
Each day, I am going to add some yogic practice to my day. It might be breathwork (pranayama), meditation, asana (physical poses) or karma yoga (doing something for the good of others to improve my karmic path). And probably other yogic practices that I’m not thinking of right now, but will later…
So I am going to begin this year, by challenging myself to learn a new asana (pose) and share my journey with you. Appropriately, due to the name of my studios, I would like to learn to do Firefly Pose, Tittibhasana.
So for my birthday, I went to Breitenbush Hot Springs with my dear friends Ronny, Martie and Katie (teachers at Firefly). Ronny and I spent some time in the yoga studio at Breitenbush working on my first steps toward Tittibhasana. The first photo is of Ronny in the asana. The slide show is my first attempts.
October 30, 2018
My Yoga today was beginning to read Pema Chodron’s book, The Places that Scare You and applying its lessons to my meditation practice. This book is about learning to sit in meditation and actually experience our feelings. Learning the practice of Bodichitta. Being soft of heart and not allowing life, fear and pain to harden our hearts. Embracing all that is our experience. Our humanity. Our pain and our joy.
The last few days, have been difficult. I have lost much. Not the least of which was the death of my father.
So a good time to begin my meditation of self acceptance on every level, even sadness and pain.
October 31, 2018
#yearofyoga day 3
Today I taught three yoga classes. But I found a few moments to work on Firefly, aka Tittibhasana. Some things come easy for me -- but not this. Part of the fun is trying. Happy Halloween ya'all.