February 20, 2013 § 5 Comments
Lessons from on and off the mat:
- Chanting I: a regular chanting schedule is proving to be the key that’s reorganizing my life and getting me out of bed at 5am with minimal fuss every day. If you know me and my love affair with sleep (see: the name of this blog), you’ll know how big a deal this is. It helps that I love chanting, and in turn, it helps me to get on the mat without fuss. Whatever works.
- Chanting II: Lovely way to tune out annoying pop song vrttis and prime the mind for asana practice. Bonus: having certain lines, words and tunes linger for a calming soundtrack throughout the day.
- Supta Kurmasana: Having short nails makes binding in this pose easier and less stressful.
- Practice: A regular yoga practice will not turn life into all rainbows and unicorns. But it will give you the tools to recognize conditioned behavior, obstacles and all sorts of mind trickery for what they are, and to face them with courage.
- Olfactory: The one sense that supercedes the Internet as a major obstacle in the practice. Unlike physical sensations of pain, I have yet to figure out a yogic approach to process my conditioned responses to the smells of musky yoga mats and rugs that need a good wash. Clean your mats people!!!!