HAPPY NATIONAL YOGA MONTH!!! What a way to celebrate – 1st of 30 consecutive days of practice. Can’t wait to hear about everyone’s experience this month. Here’s where I’ll be doing a recap of each day’s practice, and I’d love to hear about yours, too!
I got to my mat at 6:30 a.m. Admittedly, I opened my eyes and my first thoughts were of worry and concern about things I can’t control. So I decided to leave them behind, and get busy with practice. My Yoga Room is so beautiful – I lit my Om candle and away I went. Before I knew it, all I could hear and feel was my breath, and the lingering vibration of Ommmmmmmmmm I’d just chanted. And within seconds, a big SMILE came across my face. It was funny, actually, because it just came out of nowhere.
Most of my asana practice is very restorative, and this week I am taking care of a tender hip. Gomukhasana (Cow Fase Pose) was my pick this morning. Some modified Sun Salutations, a nice big heart opener, and deep DEEP breathing in Child’s Pose. I think there’s a misconception sometimes about what your SHOULD be. I enjoy just listening to the messages my body gives me and moving from there. Sometimes practice is 20 minutes, sometimes 45, sometimes 60. Sometimes there’s no movement – just breath and meditation.
Anyway, practice is awesome and I’m just so “giddy” about it. I found myself thinking about a teacher training I took a few years back in Radiant Child Yoga. It’s basically Kundalini Yoga for Kids and there’s lots of work with mantras. Suddenly the mantra “I am Happy, I am Good” came back to me, so that’s where my (SMILING) meditation practice went.
When in doubt, say to yourself, “I am Happy, I am Good….I am Happy, I am Good…..”