I don’t know about you all, but in the summer I find it a bit tough to practice daily. I love to meditate in the early morning — in the dark, before the world wakes up — and that gets tough when the sun rises before 6am. The birds start earlier, the traffic noises start earlier, and, well, I get distracted easier. For me the key is the starting moment. I wake up, and I turn right to yoga before anything else pulls my attention, or I make a plan to take a class and plan the rest of my day around that commitment.
I just got back from vacation, and my solve during this time was to channel my daily practice into reading two core texts of yoga, The Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali*. I committed to read them first thing, with a cup of tea, in the morning sunshine (or whatever showed up). I also decided that I wouldn’t read anything else before noon.
It worked! One of my teachers says that if practice is a magnet, you’ll always be drawn to it. Not only did this commitment help me to turn to yoga first thing in the morning, it pulled me to practice throughout the day — holding downward dog after a hike, sitting and listening to the trees with a smooth and even breath, a restful yoga nidra in the afternoon. I was being reminded, daily, of the core teachings of yoga — the ethical precepts**, the timeless guidance and understanding — that are nourishing and supportive, but so easy to forget.
This August, how can yoga practice be magnet for you?
Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer, 8 Limbs Owner and Teacher Training Director
*I read the Bhagavad Gita translation by Eknath Easwaren and “The Path of The Yoga Sutra” by Nicolai Bachman.
**Starting in September our monthly themes, in our newsletter, blog, and at our studios, will move through the first two limbs of yoga, the Yamas and Niyamas, the ethical precepts that are the foundation of yoga.