Wednesday, February 8, 2012

How to Survive 21 Days of Yoga? Smile and Breathe!

After graduating from yoga teacher training at Tranquil Space in December, I succumbed to a massive cold. Sidelined for weeks, I was. 
I gathered my wits in the new year and indulged in 21 yoga classes in 21 days as a part of TS’s January Yoga Challenge.  This jumpstart-my-yoga practice yielded:
  • 26 hours and 15 minutes of blissful vinyassa flow
  • 21 heartfelt intentions set centered on Aparigraha {greedlessness, letting go} and Ahimsa {compassion, kindness}
  • 150+ Sun Salutations, including Surya Namaskar step backs and/or SN A and/or SN B 
  • 42 juicy Adho Mukha Eda Pada Rajakapotasanas aka Pigeon Pose, the supreme hip opener helping to surface a host of issues and emotions held in the tissues
  • 126 minutes in relaxing, wide-awake savasanna 
  • 42 soulful chants of OM in unison with fellow yogis
  • 1 tranquiliTEA a la Tranquil Space tea cup as a reminder of my commitment to myself (see photo above with the Yogi Purely Peppermint's tag "May you have love, kindness and compassion for all living things")  
The transition from I NEED to do this to I WANT to do this occurred on Day 11 of the Challenge. It clicked once more, as I settled onto the mat: Asana connected with the breath is a powerful tool of discovery and transformation for all aspects of life.

Renewed, I’m committed anew to living my yoga off the mat, one breath at a time.
Dites moi, SVP, how’s your practice?

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