A Year of Yoga

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As of a few day ago, August 1st, 2019, I have committed to doing yoga asana every day for a full year.

365 days... all in ;)

I told my friend about this and he asked, "Are you really ready to do that?"

"Yes," I said. YES. I can feel it in my bones. I've felt it for a while. I wake up thinking about it, this year I'm creating.

My life.

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I have a note on my fridge now.

"Pure, active, intentional, devotional DEDICATION to my practice," it says.

The kind of devotion that shapes every area of my life. Not just a haphazard commitment. Not a whim. Not a small thing.

A choice to live my life in a big way.

I've dreamt about it, meditated. I’ve envisioned the book I'm going to write throughout this next year.

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For the first half of this year, my mantra has been to make this time about not holding back and not playing small. The year of awakening, and living with purpose. I have been challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone. To be courageous, and present.

This commitment to my physical yoga practice is a resonance of that.

Now is the time for my practice.

I'm sharing this both as a way to make it real and to confirm it. I'm sharing this because I want others to come along with me.

I'm sharing this because yoga is a big part of my purpose, and I bring it with me everywhere. To let it spill into every aspect of my life. To surrender. To let my practice help me heal.

I realize there is an element of ego that plays into sharing this story with others. The part of me that feels proud. But, I know in my heart it is deeper than that. And by sharing, it allows me to evolve and to embody my greatness as a yoga teacher. To share more yoga. So here I am, sharing this with you.

This moment of transformation in my life.

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We hold in our hearts the power to make our lives what we want them to be.

How long will you wait to do the things you want to do?

How long until the excuses shift, and your determination outweighs anything standing in your way?

How long until you choose the healing that you need?

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Here, come sit with me a moment.

Come feel.

Will you breathe with me?

A deep inhale. A full exhale. Rest your awareness on the breath. At the throat. At the belly. At the soles of the feet.

Breathe in, and breathe out. All there is.

Hope to see you on your mat! Namaste.

Photos in this post by Jeremy Baker of @jjbakerphoto.