It has been way too long since my last post – over a year ago – yikes! How time flies! Well, here is my post to let you know I am back in full force.
My lovely, brave and wonderful sister Lorin started her own inspirational blog Pink Warrior Fitness Journey (check it out!), which inspired me to get back to my musings on all things yoga. This post is dedicated to Lo – love you, sis!
Hare Aum ॐ,
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
I have been thinking a lot lately about the concept of time. It is endlessly fascinating how we obsess over time. We never seem to have enough (kind of like really high quality, delicious chocolate) – yet all we have is time. I think I have been contemplating time most recently for a few reasons. First, I am nearing (gasp!) 40. I know, I know, I still have a couple years left in my glorious 30s before hitting the next milestone birthday, but still. It’s a big one. I have also been traveling for work a lot more and spending less time with my lovely husband than I would prefer. And I have been sick with a head cold, so I have had plenty of time for worrying and not so much desire to practice.
So what does this have to do with yoga?
All this thought about time has taken my precious time! In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali writes that abhinivesa, which can be translated as fear of death or clinging to life, is one of the main causes of suffering. Ultimately, I think my fear of the aging process, of the time I am spending away from my love, my tendency to get bummed out when I am sick, and my other mental roadblocks are at least partially stemming from this instinctual urge to cling to life. And yet, by grasping at life I accomplish nothing – time rolls on and on and on. My yoga practice helps me to let go of that clinging, grasping nature, to be able to pause and reflect. It reminds me to be here fully with each breath in and to surrender on each exhale. Every pose, every breath is a great reminder to me to be present in the moment and stop worrying so much.
With that, here is my home practice sequence for today – my focus is on getting back to my practice today (I’m just getting over that nasty bug, so my asana was put to bed for a few days). Hope you can squeeze your practice in, too!
Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog
Utthita Trikonasana – Extended Triangle Pose
Virabhadrasana I & II – Warrior Pose
Parsvottonasana – Intense Side Stretch Pose
Parivrtta Trikonasana – Revolved Triangle Pose
Sirsasana – Headstand
Sarvangasana – Shoulderstand (on chair)
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana – Bridge Pose (on bench)
Savasana – Corpse Pose