A few weeks ago I told my regular Wednesday morning yoga class that I had gotten out of the practice of practicing yoga every day. As soon as I said those words, I realized that I just didn't even like the way they felt coming out of my mouth. Over the next days and weeks I told a few friends that I "reallyneededtorecommittomyyogapractice" -- you know how excuses all just run together and sound like babbling water. I got tired of hearing my own brook, babbling in the background. I wanted to splash in the creek water! I stopped talking about it and did the thing.
I recommitted to my yoga practice.
The next Wednesday I made that commitment manifest by speaking it out loud. Sometimes the voicing of a promise is the first real step towards keeping it. I told my group that I was not only going to GET ON MY MAT every day for the next 21 days, but I would also be re-learning all the Sanskrit names of the poses, or "asanas."
As part of my study and practice, here are 21 poses. I propose we pull out our mats every day and commit to doing just one of them. I'll bet that once you start, you won't want to stop. And as long as you do everything with steadiness and ease, you won't have to. Namaste.
Sukasana with Ujjayi breath, 3-5 minutes -- Easy pose, or "criss-cross-applesauce-ana"
Upward arching cat/ transition to downward-facing dog 5 times
Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog) and hold for 5 breaths
Surya Namaskar A x 3
Surya Namaskar B x 2
Virabhadrasana -- Warrior I
Utthita Parsvakonasana -- Extended Side Angle Pose
⟳ switch sides and repeat from Virabhadrasana
Tadasana -- Mountain Pose
Vrksasana -- Tree Pose
Utthita Hasta Padangustasana -- Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose