Tuesday, October 31, 2017

30-Day Yoga Intensive

This practice becomes firmly rooted when it is cultivated skillfully and continuously for a long time. The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali 1:14

My life is a journey and I travel alone. There is no one to tell me what to do. In all this randomness I try to keep one constant thing... my ashtanga yoga practice. I am now at 49% of daily practice (149 practices so far) and by the end of the year, I want to increase it above 50%. That means at least 183 practices in 2017.

The core of my daily practice addresses issues of self-perseverance and self-confidence. What people think about me is not of my concern.

I am typical Aries - action, enthusiasm and a burning desire to play the game. I love physicality so I won't sit on the sidelines for long, if at all. I'll jump into the play by the full force and I will contribute much in the process.  Sure, some of my decisions may later prove to have been in rush, but I'll never regret taking a shot.

Nothing quite happens soon enough for me. I am so impatient and impulsive that I have no words to describe it. I am easily irritated by slowness or moderation in my companions and, though I am sensitive,  most of the time I step over the sensitivities of others.

My current yoga practice is just frustration. I am frustrated with myself, no clear direction and I don't know what or whom I'm fighting for. I think one thing and I do quite opposite. I must learn the art of perseverance.

Tomorrow, I'm starting 30-day yoga intensive practice. There are only two rules: the rule # 1: everyday yoga practice for the next 30 days and the rule #2: I'll do ashtanga half primary. There will be no exceptions, I will do it on moon days too.

Winter is coming and I am staying at home. There is no plan to go anywhere so November is the perfect month for yoga intensive. This isn't my first 30-day yoga challenge, I have done it in April and October 2016 but I miserably failed in April 2017, I did not do the challenge as planned. 

I have to be more careful next month. The core of this 30-day challenge is commitment. It means a promise to myself and following through on it. It means stepping out from my daily life and stopping my wimpy excuses for not practicing. It means promising to practice for 60 minutes each day and just doing it.

I'm not setting unrealistic expectations but commit to a goal that I can accomplish. I'll do it consciously and consistently. It’s not going to be easy and there are no end results in this challenge.

Let me be clear, I don’t practice Ashtanga yoga because I like it. Well, I don't. Who can like this bending, stretching and sweating every day? It is so repetitive, hard and boring. I practice because I must. Now I'm 52 and at this age, it starts all kind of the health problems. My practice is an alternative health care insurance policy. I believe in yoga and I believe that regular practice and sweat make great benefits to my body.

I’m sorry to say, if you’re looking for fancy yoga photos, you won’t find it here. I'm not an expert, or teacher or advanced practitioner. I practice Ashtanga yoga for last 11 years and my practice sucks big time. But so what... who cares.

November, here we go!!!

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