One might presume that teaching on a Yoga teacher training transforms you into a super yogi; I have found out that this is sadly not the case. Sometimes when you teach, you don’t have time to practice, or you are exhausted and the last thing that you feel like doing is a casual headstand or backbend before bed! But there is actually no excuse…
I am ashamed to say that I have let my personal practice slip and become unprogressive. I have let it stay stagnant and unchallenging. Yesterday, I went to a yoga class for the first time in a few weeks. It felt amazing. Amazing to be challenged, amazing to be liberated from my own lazy yoga routine. It is important to keep a self practice, however it must be invigorating and help you improve. I forgot these key aspects! So after some reflection and sweat on the mat I have decided that this month, my focus is going to be on my physical practice and my health. I want to build towards an asana. Now quite easily I could choose an asana that I love and perfect it, or an asana that I know won’t require too much work. Instead I am going to build toward Chaturanga Dandasana – 4 Limbed Staff Pose. This is an asana that I have always struggled to maintain and it requires so much of my energy. By the end of the month, I’m hoping that I will be able to hold chaturanga and actually enjoy it!
Of course, it’s not about the asana, it’s about the accomplishment and the realisation that I need to dedicate time to my health – physical and mental. I want to cultivate my self-discipline.
Alongside working towards this asana, I want to complement it with what I am putting in my body. So my diet will change a little. For example, I know I don’t get enough calcium or protein. These are essential for strong, healthy, shiny chaturanga arms! I want my diet to complement my practice everyday.
Wish me luck….or join me along the way!
Which posture are you going to work towards this month?