Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Yoga starts here

Where does my practice start?

Is it when I enter the studio? Step on to my mat?  Flow into a challenging pose?

Nope!

My practice begins with a pen and journal during my morning rhythm.  For years, I have kept the ritual of making a gratitude list of at least ten things.    This simple process of jotting down some things that I truly feel thankful to have in my life begins the opening process, furthering the unfolding that occurs while practicing yoga on my mat.  Trust me when I say this, that the gratitude list has power to do so. I am one of those people who have a temperament that see things half empty and naturally cynical towards simplistic formulas of feel good philosophy.  The gratitude list supersedes any such formula by granting me the opportunity of putting everything into its proper perspective.   I start by writing the word gratitude itself then follow with such things as:

Waking Up
Being Me
Love
My fiances name
Friends
Family
Yoga
My students

The list goes on from there and before I know it at least ten things are on my page.

Rather than convince you that it works.  Try it and see what happens.  It will revolutionize your yoga practice.

Namaste!

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