344: With a twistPosted: September 2, 2011 Filed under: 365 Life in the Bogs Challenge, Adventures in Life, Earth, Fire, Five A Day, food, garden, goals, Healthful Living Plan, home, nature, Photography, pond, Spirit, Summer, Walking, wandering, water, weather, yoga | Tags: flowers, lotus, National Yoga Month, nature, Photography, postaday2011, sunflowers, water lily, Yoga 32 Comments
September is National Yoga Month here in the U.S. I read somewhere that the idea is going global so perhaps it will be changed to World Yoga Month.
Among the things I have been considering as a possible year-long challenge/commitment is a daily yoga practice. Yoga is a good-for-me practice that I tend to shunt aside when life gets busy or I’m feeling lazy. All too often lately I will get up and go for the cardio or the strength training and skip the yoga because I don’t feel like I have the time to do it all.
Of all the options I’m considering for a new, year-long commitment, a daily yoga practice would bring me the most benefits. Not just physically, but on all levels. I believe it will be much the same as my outdoor commitment in that respect. Life changing.
Today’s practice involved twists (A.M. Yoga for Your Week with Rodney Yee). I have never been a big fan of twists, and I dislike them even more when I am out of practice/shape. Twists very often show me where I am tight, resisting, and out of balance. I am also apt to overdo it with twists once I’ve made the decision to do them. I am flexible when it comes to forward bends. Not so much with back bends and twists. I have to make sure I stay present and heed the signals from my body.
It appears I am super tight in all the usual areas as well as way out of balance. I noticed that most when I finished this morning’s practice with good old Corpse Pose (Savasana), and found my right hip was lifted (instead of lying on the ground as it should be). Knowing my body well, I know what that means. It means I need to hit the yoga mat on a daily basis, take walks, and keep working on getting my weight down in order to keep from being crippled up with back pain and sciatica once again.
That is why a year-long commitment to a daily yoga practice is high on my list of possibilities for what’s next.
You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.
~ Sharon Gannon
It is soupy outside today. Hazy. Hot. Humid. I almost had to swim through the air instead of walk through it. It’s thick. Sticky. Every breeze is a gift on a day like this. The heat was a shock after the cooler weather we’ve had the past few weeks.
No matter how warm and humid it is, there are still signs that autumn is on its way.
Some of the leaves are turning or have already dropped from the trees. We had a vivid autumn last year, the foliage showing off its best colors. They don’t usually come like that two years in a row. I’m guessing this autumn will not be as intensely hued as it was in 2010.
But you never know. It could happen. All the right conditions for a colorful autumn could fall into place again this year. We’ll just have to wait and see.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today, except for my Five A Day list which I’ll tack on at the end. Thank you for joining me on another ramble. Have a great weekend!
Five A Day (five good things I did for my health and well-being today)
- Yoga practice, 20 minutes.
- A slow walk around the pond in which I stayed present with the heat and the humidity, exploring them. I was surprised to find myself starting to enjoy both, to not mind the sweating or the thickness of the air. (I wish I could bottle this up for those winter months when it is cold and dry.)
- Gave myself a mini pedicure that ended with a nice foot massage. My feet need the pampering. I use them a lot.
- An early afternoon cat-nap. Some people call them power naps, I think. It was wonderful.
- Took a little time to sit down and read the book I’m currently plodding my way through. I kind of like the book, but I’m also a little bored with it in spots. I’ve reached the point where I just want to finish it. I’ve liked this series up until this book. Now… eh. I’m not sure I’ll read the next one in the series. At any rate, it was nice to spend some time reading.
Did you do something nice for yourself today?
I’m sure yoga would make for a great commitment. I’ve done little of it, but would love to try more.
Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend in the Bogs! And stay cool————
Well, you could always join me, Kathy. 😀
Maybe not a year-long commitment, but for a week here and there. Or a 30-day stint. There are some great DVD’s out there for at-home practice.
You too… have a great Labor Day weekend!
I’ve never done yoga, but am a believer in doing good things for ourselves. Yesterday I made blackberry jelly. It was very therapeutic and productive. Until I tried some on my toast for breakfast today….tastes like purple sugar!! Need to try harder next time!
lol, Lynne! At least it was therapeutic and productive, if not what you’d hoped for in terms of taste. I know how that is. The work itself can be good for you, but the outcome might not be what was expected. 🙂
A daily yoga practice is a great gift to self… Go for it. … The beautiful scenery you shared today made up for any recent absence… 🙂
Thank, Elizabeth. 🙂
Hi. I don’t practice yoga, but I do daily stretching which keeps my hip problems at bay. Your photo of the two rocks coming together like hands is lovely. You are an inspiration for paying attention to life. Jane
Thank you, Jane, for the lovely comment. 🙂
I haven’t gone to my yoga class since May. Your post reminds me it’s time to get back to it!
Go for it, Kala. 🙂
You might inspire me to take up Yoga. I’ve never had much luck with it in the past, but maybe now’s the time.
I love the way you take care of yourself.
Thank you, Christine. 🙂
I’m not always good about the self-care, but I’m getting better at it.
Nice insights on yoga, and being ‘in the moment’… something that would probably be of use to us all.
Your sunflowers are amazing this year, by the way!
Thanks, Marie. The sunflowers have done pretty well all things considered. It was the third planting and I’m surprised they survived long enough to flower with the way the critters have been eating everything this year.
What utterly magical photos! I love the way those rocks look like hands praying!
Thank you, LadyFi. 🙂
I’ve tried yoga long ago and still remember some of the poses… yet could I do them now? I agree about the tightness and resistance… something I surely need to work with. Yoga, yes, certainly is a commitment yet very beneficial for mind, body, and soul. I practice energy medicine and yoga certainly would be a benefit along with.
All your photos are magnificent! Wow! Robin, thanks for the inspirational post and photos. 🙂
Thank you, Anna. 🙂
There are so many different ways to practice yoga. If you find one that suits you and want to join me, let me know. I’d be glad to have the company.
Funny thing happened before I had read this post with you mentioning yoga. Earlier in the day, I read in a person’s blog who had posted a link to a yoga article. I was intrigued. The article in Yoga Journal (you will have to scroll down past the ad to see the article):
How To Be Fierce
After I read your post and replied, I thought, well now, perhaps synchronicity? Maybe yoga will be a help in many ways.
I have two yoga books in which I had used for yoga practice:
The Kundalini Yoga Experience -Bringing Body, Mind, and Spirit Together by Guru Dharam S. Khalsa and Darryl O’Keefe. This was the yoga I used the most in that I worked with my chakras (very well explained). I love the mudras in this book.
The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health by Linda Sparrowe and Patricia Walden. This book has many, many great poses for everything. Some of the poses… oh my, I don’t know… I may snap a hip bone or something…. However, there are some great stretching poses as well as poses for headaches.
So, I am pondering this and a commitment…. whoa…. I am thinking Autumn Equinox is a great time to begin for such a commitment. I really do need to take time out for myself. I’ll let you know, Robin. 🙂
Sounds good, Anna. 🙂
I’ve tried quite a number of yoga videos and DVD’s. If you want some recommendations (especially for something that won’t snap a hip bone…lol!… something I have to worry about too), let me know and I’ll email you.
Yoga Journal not only has great articles, they have some good (and free) beginning practice videos online.
Very nice pictures!
Thank you, Victoria. And thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. 🙂
Robin–thanks for the Five A Day Daily Feats invite. It’s great to receive aspirations daily–keeps me grounded. Lovely photos–can’t wait to see what changes take place in The Bogs.
You’re welcome, Teresita. Hope you have fun with it. 🙂
The water lily photo is gorgeous! I could look at that all day.
Thank you, Robyn. Water lilies tend to have that effect on people. 🙂
Beautiful pics as always. I too would like to be more committed to a daily yoga practice. I have my good days . . . we’ll see if I can push it up the priority list a bit . . .
Thank you, Carla. 🙂
Beautiful! I can’t decide whether I like the water lilies or sunflowers best…
Did you decide yet, Michaela? 😉
Yoga sounds like a great new commitment after the post-a-day challenge is over! It’s something that I’ve tried a few times but never really gotten into. I think it’s all about the instructor (or the type of yoga I’ve tried), but I’d really like to find a yoga practice that resonates with me! Hopefully your practice is coming along nicely and keeping your limbs loose.
I think you’re right, Dana. I’ve tried types of yoga that I really didn’t like (power yoga comes immediately to mind as I’m too old to be powering through anything…lol!). I don’t like anything too fast or too slow, either. Like Goldilocks, I want it just right. 🙂