Day 139 Musings

Sunset waves on the pond

When we focus on what we can get out of yoga, we miss the point.  We also place ourselves in physical danger while sabotaging our relationship to our practice.  To realize the beauty of yoga in our lives, we must never forget that the prize is in the process.

~ Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison, Meditations From the Mat

It is Day 139 of my year-long challenge to practice yoga daily.  As each day goes by, I think I ought to write something about it here at Ye Olde Blogge, but after pondering a while, I come up with nothing.

Sunrise in the kitchen

I can describe to you some of the physical benefits of my daily practice.  For instance, I can sit comfortably on the floor and rise up from said floor with grace rather than groans.  I feel more comfortable in my body now than I have in years.  There is a looseness in my movements, a calmness that starts on the outside and works its way in.  I have days when the movements and breath connect and flow, making me feel as if I’m floating along on the river of yoga.  I have days where it all feels forced and my thoughts are everywhere except with my body, there on the mat.  Most days are somewhere in the middle.  Good, not great or terrible.

Geese on the pond at sunrise.

Most of the lessons I’ve learned so far are very much like the lessons I learned during my year-long outdoor challenge.  They’re not tangible enough to translate into words.

It’s like trying to grasp the wind.  I can feel it, but I can’t see it or catch it.

At any rate, I am still on track and practicing daily.  The changes I’m experiencing are gradual.  I expect those changes will stick, just as the changes made during my outdoor challenge stayed with me.

Izzy at sunset

Old Man Winter is back for another brief visit.  We might even be able to get out and ski a little by tomorrow or Sunday.  I don’t think there will be enough for the ski areas around here to lay tracks, but we might at least be able to ski around the pond and the meadows.

Bella reminding me to exercise.

We don’t have any big plans for the weekend, mostly due to the possibility of snow squalls.  It’s best not to travel anywhere if you don’t have to when the lake effect snow machine kicks on.  We’ll probably stay in, keep a fire going in the fireplace, watch a movie or two, kick back, and relax.  Perhaps work on our vacation plans.  I’ll be telling you all about that soon.  Just a few more things to line up and it will be official.

How about you?  Any plans for the weekend?

Yoga teaches that everything is connected.  Movement influences breath; breath influences the mind.  What we eat affects our bodies and our moods.  Our thoughts, words, and deeds shape those around us.  Life, in essence, is a series of ripple effects.

~ Anna Dubrovsky, Yoga Journal, May 2011

46 Comments on “Day 139 Musings”

  1. Dana says:

    That quote at the beginning is perfect, Robin. Maybe that’s part of the reason why I’ve had such a hard time getting into yoga– I’m too focused on the end results rather than the actual process. Perhaps I should try yet again? 😉

  2. Oh Robin, “Sunrise in the kitchen” is fantastic – I LOVE it!!!

    We’re supposed to get some snow Saturday morning so I suspect we’ll be staying home, too, watching the storm and seeing if it will leave enough snow to shovel… If I shovel, there will be hot chocolate waiting for me!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Barbara. 🙂

      We’re shoveling out here, with more snow coming tomorrow. The winds are bad (blowing snow everywhere), and we did have a power outage for a couple of hours.

  3. Oh, Bella is such a cutie! Actually, we likely won’t go anywhere or do anything this weekend either. I think we’re getting more boring as we age. Hope you all enjoy your quiet weekend, as well.

  4. TBM says:

    Lovely photos and I adore your cats!

  5. Izzy is beautiful – and the other stuff, too.

  6. Derrick Birdsall says:

    I’ve been watching/looking at your stuff for a while now and I’m really enjoying watching you find your style!! Your work is improving all the time.

  7. Yoga, the wordless experience. Enjoy it and the nuanced benefits. It has saved my life but I can’t verbalize it either 🙂

  8. Kala says:

    Gorgeous images. The sunset waves on the pond is just stunning.

  9. dragonfae says:

    I love that first shot! Gorgeous. 🙂

    This weekend? Sleep! 😆

  10. Sallyann says:

    Nice relaxing post, I can almost hear the water lapping at side of the pond, whatever relaxing technique your yoga is teaching you, you’ve definitely passed it here, thanks. 🙂

  11. The incoming weather – and a snotty nosed child – cancelled our plan to drive up to a friend’s place in New Hampshire, so we’re home…I suspect we’ll be plowing, shoveling, and making a pot of chili.

    Lovely, serene photos today… Fingers crossed for your ski plans!

  12. Gilraen says:

    Totally agree with the feeling more comfortable in my body after yoga. My routine is 6 practices per week not always long but always giving me something.

  13. ~mimo~ says:

    I absolutely agree about the value living in the process in whatever we do. Beautiful photos Robin!

  14. aFrankAngle says:

    Reading this and looking at the images with soothing jazz in the background …. yes!

  15. Karma says:

    Love your photos and your musings in this post. I’m still looking for the motivation to start myself on a program of yoga or something similar.
    No big weekend plans here. We were supposed to get 1-3″ of snow, but the ridiculously tiny dusting that was on the ground when I woke up has already disappeared.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Karma. 🙂

      Getting started is always a bit difficult. Well, okay, so is the keeping going part until it’s become a well-established habit.

      Still snowing here, thanks to Lake Erie. I’d send you some but it seems to want to hang around here for now.

  16. ladyfi says:

    That Sunrise in the kitchen shot is amazing!

  17. Ellen says:

    Love the photo in the kitchen!!! they rest of them are beautiful too but that one was my fav today.
    Changes are subtle, and it´s very difficult to describe subtleties but the most important thing is that you feel them.
    No big plans for the weekend, so far I´ve been cleaning my small apartment, worked on the plants in the balcony (it´s so hot that they need extra care), had my lunch and now I was reading my favorite blogs before starting to write mine.

    Stay warm!!!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Ellen. 🙂

      That’s true. Long-term change happens so gradually and so subtly that it’s sometimes difficult to even recognize the change until one day you manage to sit back and see the big picture.

  18. Bo Mackison says:

    Gorgeous colors. And you are doing really great on your yoga challenge — impressive.

  19. Robin, I love the water photos, very nice colors too!

  20. I admire your commitment to yoga. Since I have made a commitment to becoming healthier, I have become stronger and have much more energy. I like that I can now balance on one leg like a crane and that my body is more flexible than it h as ever been. I actually enjoy doing push ups–I suppose it’s the challenge. Keep up the good work.

    Photos: the golden grass and the kitchen window. of course, I adore Izzy.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Teresita. 🙂

      It’s amazing what a difference exercise can make, isn’t it? I’m just getting back into strength training and look forward to being able to make it through the push-ups.

  21. Carla says:

    I’m off the yoga wagon recently and trying to be kind to myself about it. I imagine one day soon I may pick it up again. Perhaps after Mardi Gras. Love Izzy and Bella! So beautiful!

  22. Beautiful colors and compositions, Robin!

  23. eof737 says:

    Keep up the good work with your yoga… Sometimes we have no words for our bliss and peace… and silence helps. 🙂

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