Last month I decided to practice a minimum of 15 minutes a day for the month of September. My daily practice had dwindled during the summer and it was time for a reboot and public dedication, and some realistic guidelines.
Well it’s October 1st and I am here to say IT WORKED (check out my weekly logs below!). I practiced every day except last Sunday, and I had a much better month, despite lots of deadlines, a teacher strike, and visiting in-laws (I know, bad joke, they’re actually pretty great).
What was really interesting to me was how the commitment I made was a bridge back to myself. When I crossed that bridge of daily practice, I found a familiar feeling of preciousness, of interiority, a delight in being at home inside my own body. I’d been living on the outside for a few months, “enjoying summer” and “making the most of the season,” as we say in Seattle, but it was time to go in.
As fall really takes root, along with what is again a daily meditation practice, I am reminded how much I actually love the cooler seasons, the time we go inside, both literally and figuratively. They make it easier for me to settle into myself.
This month, I’ve decided, I’ll continue with my minimum 15 minutes of yoga and meditation practice, but also add Sutra Study and Restorative practice once a week to feed my mind and nourish by nervous system.
What will you do daily? Weekly? Might it be time to learn about the Yoga Sutra, an ancient but timeless text about the human brain? Or Mindfulness Meditation? Or perhaps you are a dedicated practitioner ready for our new Deepening Series, designed to integrate pranayama and philosophy into mindful asana practice.
Today marks the beginning of a new schedule, so keep your eyes out for new classes, class times, teachers, and events, all collated in the Schedule Change Blog. We have lots in store for you!
Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer