I’m curious – how often do you guys practice yoga?
Right now I’m doing a 30-day Instagram challenge with yoga superstar Rachel Brathen of @yoga_girl. She’s having us practice every (damn) day and reflect on our experience, whether that includes asana (poses) or another form of yoga, such as meditation or simply having a mindful approach to the day.
I love how part of Rachel’s yoga practice is motherhood; simply being a loving mom to her new baby is a powerful form of ahimsa, which manifests as compassion and patience. She sets an amazing example of how yoga is part of our relationships, not just a physical practice held in a yoga studio.
So far I’m finding that being a part of the #yogaeverydamnday challenge is very encouraging! It’s fun seeing everyone’s posts, and feeling like I am part of a wonderful international community of yogis.
It has also been eye-opening to think of my practice in new ways. In addition to rolling out my mat each day and moving through postures, I find myself noticing the little ways that yoga is a part of my life in everyday moments.
Saucha: my morning rituals like dry skin brushing and abhyanga self-massage with oil, and taking the time to get a pedicure over the weekend.
Satya: being honest during a conversation with a friend, instead of shying away from the truth.
Aparigraha: letting go of negativity, releasing attachment to a pose I’m working on (hello, handstand!).
Tapas: the dedication it takes to make time for myself each day, of honoring ‘me time’ on my mat.
Every moment is an opportunity to practice.
So, whether you’re rolling out your mat 30 days in a row, or simply incorporating yogic principles into your day-to-day routine, I see you. I’m proud of you. And I commend you for your dedication to your practice.
PS Check out more of the posts from the #yogaeverydamnday challenge for some inspiration for your next practice! There are over 10 million posts with the hashtag ;) Or, if you're feeling too tired to practice, read this blog post.