Thursday, November 1, 2018

November 2018... 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 want to have 50% meaning I practiced every second day. That means 182 practices in 2018. The core of my daily practice addresses issues of self-perseverance and self-confidence. What people think about me is not of my concern.

For those who read first time this post, well, this November I'm doing 30-day yoga intensive practice. There are only two rules: the rule

 # 1: everyday yoga practice for the next 30 days
 #2: I'll do ashtanga half primary. 

There is no exceptions, 30 practices, 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 in April and November 2017, and in August 2018.

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 45 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 am overly excited about it. Well, I'm not. Who can do this bending, stretching and sweating every day? It is so repetitive, hard and boring. I practice because I must.

I'm 53 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.

Last August I had 30 practices... From 15 - 25 August, 2018, I was on Yoga Retreat in Punta Cana...

Yoga retreit diary last August

November, here I am....

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