Monday, June 28, 2010

Yin Yoga Posting from Do Restorative Yoga

A series of conversations with a couple of fellows I bike with and a recent post by Do Restorative Yoga made me decide to link to Sara's blog rather than what I had originally planned.

Yo! Ashtangi's! Vinyasa nuts! Bikram followers! ((me jumping up and down waving my arms))

Athletes! Yeah! You! Us "A type" overachieving personalities need to bring some balance back into our lives and practice. As a recent bicycling article noted (sorry, I don't recall which one), "All of your training isn't going to leak out your big toe if you don't [bike,run,swim,jog,ski] for one or two days."

Yin Yoga from Yoga Journal

Do yourself a HUGE favor. Periodically slooww your practice down. Take a Yin class if you can. You will still find it challenging, just in a different way than you are accustomed to.

We all need to periodically rest - a full complete day of downtime physically. The muscles need to rebuild and the joints heal. This is part of what makes us stronger in the long run.

So please, my fellow athletes and practitioners. Practice ahimsa (non-harming) on yourself and bring in a slower practice.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Finding gratitude

First, I'd like to thank everyone for their comments on Bitter Sweet Partings. That posting seemed to have struck a cord with many readers - as students and instructors, how blessed we are to be able to travel together even if for a little while! Our lives are so much richer for it.

It was thinking of how grateful I am to have met and known so many people that I noticed the theme of gratitude popping up in a variety places: a TV commercial where someone does a good deed, a nearby person notices, then they do a good deed; Linda-Sama's blog with the post on the passing of her feline friend; a fellow yoga friend who frequently subs for me when I can't make my noon class at the Y due to work conflicts thanked me for having a noon class; and in a USAA financial magazine (Summer 2010).

The title of the article is called Find Your Financial Mojo by Jean Chatzky and in it, as with many financial articles she is emphasizing healthy money habits. There are eight bulleted items:

1) Optimism
2) Resilience
3) Passion
4) Connectedness
5) Intuition
6) Saving habitually
7) Investing in stocks
8) Gratitude

I was intrigued with the list. It was so very yogic to me even with item #6 and #7. One could substitute 'investing in stocks" for 'investing in yourself', I suppose. Finding a yogic analogy for #6 is proving to be a bit harder what with non-attachment and non-hording.

But it was item eight that surprised me: it said, "...understand the importance of giving back - and being thankful for what [you] have - to tie it all together. Gratitude is the antidote to materialism. Materialism is obsessing on what you desire. Gratitude is appreciating what you have. To get more of it into your life, use these words daily; grateful, thankful, gift, lucky, fortunate. You'll start feeling richer in no time."

A daily attitude of gratitude. I love it!

So fellow readers, where have you been finding yogic messages?