personal reflections

30 Day Yoga Commitment

“Say yes” is a mantra of mine. I realized that life opened up for me when I started saying  yes more than when I said maybe or no.

Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, be the one everyone comes to. Yes is what keeps us all young. – Eric Schmidt, from The Best Advice I Ever Got by Katie Couric

When I went to renew my yoga membership they suggested that I participate in the 30 day commitment as it would save me some money in the longer term and it’s a good experience. Practicing yoga for 30 days is part of my life’s intentions, but I didn’t think it was in the cards for this year. I hmmed and hawed and came back to my “say yes” mantra. So here I am, August 1st, the start of my 30 day yoga commitment. I know I won’t be able to get to the studio every day for 30 days so the deal with myself is to practice a minimum of 30 minutes when I need to practice at home or away. (This is at the same time I’m doing a 100 day blog challenge, in support of my sweetie who is doing one!)

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My one word intention for 2012 is practice, and I’m loving how saying yes has really leaned me into that intention. A daily blogging practice for 100 days and now a daily yoga practice for 30 days.

“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit.” ― Martha Graham

Note: I hope to be able to do this pose after my 30 days! Can’t quite get my foot and my arm to connect…