One aspect of November’s month of self care includes the development of a yoga practice. Ha! I can barely get that sentence out without laughing. I’m not laughing at Yoga, but rather at the fact that I can’t touch my toes. Unless I’m sitting down. And my knees are bent.
However, I fully acknowledge the power of yoga. Ironically, I first sensed it’s potential influence in my life when I was sick. Prior to my pesky bout with FBC (f-bomb breast cancer), I ran marathons — and didn’t stretch after. In fact, after one marathon, I actually ran another 2 miles to get a cab so that I could make it to work on time. Yes, you read that correctly and yes, it was insane.
A Silver Lining to my inability to run during treatment was that I found restorative yoga (or perhaps it found me!). I did yoga during my treatment and then, when I started running again, didn’t look back at it. Whoopsie.
For some reason, as soon as I dedicated this month to self care, yoga called me back. And I am hearing the call and going toward it (not running away from it). So, I’ve decided that I’m going to do yoga 4 times a week this month. I know that sounds like a lot, but that feels like the right number for me….in part because I want to create a habit.
In fact, I’ve already been a couple of times this week and while I’m still completely ver klempt and still don’t know the difference between Warrior 1 and Warrior 2, every time I leave the studio, I feel a little Zen-ny. This, my friends, is a great and wonderful Silver Lining after the craziness that has been the past 6 months.
Here are my goals for this month-full of yoga:
- Increased flexibility (I have no where to go but up!)
- Toned muscles
- Enhanced immunity
- Better sleep
- Improved posture
- Core strength
- Stress & anxiety reduction (better than Ativan!)
Too ambitious? Hopefully not! We shall see and you know I’ll keep you posted.
Do you all do yoga? Any inspirational motivation that you want to send my way?
* Image by Mike Gigliotti from Kyle Miller’s new book: Yoga Dream.