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So, it’s Friday the end of September and I’m sure some of you are wondering: How did the 30 Days of Yoga go?
Well, it went better than expected and reignited my love of a daily yoga practice so much that I have a new plan for 30 Days of Yoga in October! But we’ll get to that in a minute. First a little reflection on the process.
At the beginning of the month my practice was heavily focused on the Asana and Pranayama limbs of yoga, but I ended up spending the end of the month in Dhyana….meditation. In total I meditated for 16 days this month using the Gates book and finished the section on Yamas just in time for the end of the month. The biggest portion of my meditations were spent on the idea of Aparigraha or Letting Go. There’s a lot of that needed in my life, but the best part of letting go was opening space for something new…..for more yoga!
This week’s meditations and reflection on the month, in particular, have taught me that I still have some work to do on the Yamas. It’s a daily struggle and not something that comes easily in certain areas.
Which brings me to October and the start of the Niyamas…The Sustaining Practices.
How will I be sustaining my Yamas? By having 5 Yamas Friday for the month of October. I will look back at the week and reflect on the best example of me living My Yoga Life through the Yamas.
How will I be sustaining my physical practice….my Asanas? Every odd numbered day of the month I will be working on the first of the three poses that I wanted to master this year. October’s Pose of the Month will be Garland because it pairs best with the knee recovery exercises I’ve been working on. I also plan to take pictures along the way to chart my progress.
How will I be sustaining my Dhyana? On the even days of October I plan to meditate using the Gates book. It has taken me 795 days to get from the intro of Meditations from the Mat to Day 61 in the meditations. I had planned to finish that book in one year and now it seems necessary for my continued progress in life.
So, expect updates along the way and 5 Yamas Fridays each week. Come back Monday for Mini Movie Monday – Exercises for My Back! I hope you have a great weekend and Join Me for 30 Days of Yoga October!
How are you living the Yamas?
How are you sustaining your yoga?