I’m committing to practice yoga every day of the year. This may sound like an excessive commitment, but I don’t believe it is. In fact, I believe it to be a necessary commitment. I personally have experienced the immense benefits of yoga, especially when practiced regularly, and I believe it’s important for the development and thriving of mind, body, and soul. But all too often, we ignore the very things that we know in our hearts to be good for us and for the world- eating healthily, giving more, treating others with more kindness and compassion, going to bed at a reasonable hour, drinking less alcohol, exercising more… I mean, the list could go on and on of the various things that we can all agree are good for us, all of which we can very easily ignore despite believing in the benefits. I don’t agree with that approach, and I won’t be a party to it any longer. Not only am I set out to improve my own health, discipline, and happiness, but I’m set out to change the world around me as a result. I want to see everyone around me thriving in all of the wonderful ways that they’re capable of (and yes- we are each more than capable of thriving!), but how can I possibly promote and encourage that if I’m not living it myself? Yes, there have absolutely been times where I’ve slacked in one or many of the areas of life that I know to be important, and I had my “reasons” (*ahem*, excuses). And will I make mistakes in the future? Sure! I am human, after all… mistakes are pretty much in my DNA. But I will no longer accept those times as my norm. I will strive for better so that I can live the life that I want to live, in the happiest and healthiest way possible, and hopefully encourage and inspire others around me to do the same. And in those times when I do fall, I will recognize those mistakes, learn from them, and move forward with forgiveness toward myself and gratitude for the strength gained from picking myself back up.
Practicing yoga every day of the year may not seem like the most life-changing concept of all time, but the truth is that as much as I love and appreciate yoga, there will be many days when I just don’t feel like it. I may feel sick, tired, grumpy, overwhelmed with other tasks and responsibilities, or down-right lazy. I may come up with a plethora of reasons and excuses as to why I don’t want to, why I don’t have to, and why I shouldn’t. And truthfully, who’s going to care if I don’t? This is my own declaration, for my own self, that no one is holding accountable for but me… if I wanted to skip a day or few, I could do that and reason with myself that it wouldn’t make a difference, and the world would likely still turn just as it would had I practiced. But I will practice. Even if it’s a simple and easy practice to ease into it when I’m ill, I will. Even if I have to get up extra early or stay up late to squeeze it into a busy day, I will.
Because, you see, this isn’t only about the physical benefits of yoga (although there are so many that it could be only about that and I’d still feel justified in the commitment). This is about the commitment, itself… the commitment of doing something that I know and believe to be good for me and sticking to it, rather than compromising, settling, or taking the easy way out. This is about finally taking my life and happiness into my own hands, rather than allowing the pressures, stresses, or opinions of the outside world to dictate how much love I do or don’t give to my body, my life, and as a result- the life of others. This is about truly BEING the change that I want to see in the world. Because while to others it may not seem like this simple practice can change the world, I’d like to believe that it can, and it will. Any change in the world, be it positive or negative, truly starts with our own selves, and I’m determined to leave my light, happy, twisty and turny (from dancing, of course) footprint of contribution to the positive side. If I want the world and the people around me to be full of health, happiness, and absolute vibrance, I’m going to first need to do the things that I know to do to have that for myself.
I’ll post pictures daily, along with captions to elaborate on any special poses I’m learning about, tips that I’m finding to be helpful, and the thoughts and feelings I’m having about the commitment (even and especially on the not-so-motivated days) as I go. It should be an interesting journey, but more than anything, it’s going to be a beautiful one.
So feel free to join along, and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, to share your own tips or practice, or to share your story! I love hearing the unique perspectives of the beautiful family I have in this world with me and connecting with you on your journey… it inspires and motivates me in so many ways! Don’t be shy 🙂 let’s tackle this adventure together!!
Peace out, yogi bears. ❤