A New Experiment, Yoga Style

August 28, 2012 14 Comments

Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

For years, more years that I care to admit right now, I’ve dreamt of having a daily yoga practice.

 

 

Maybe I will give you a hint at how long. When I was in High School I checked out a book about yoga from our local library, I’m pretty sure while procrastinating writing my senior thesis. I was curious, fascinated, but just dipping the tiniest corner of my toe into the water.

In my twenties, while living and working in Boston, I worked at a yoga and massage studio. My dream was fierce then, but still not a reality.

Lately, my body has been crying out. Neck pain, hip pain. Creaking joints, muscle tightness. Perhaps it is just the glory of aging. Perhaps it’s my own self-neglect, my need for more self-care. In either case I’m not accepting it, and I know deep deep down that yoga will help.

 

Life is trying things to see if they work.

~Ray Bradbury

 

And so, it’s time for a new experiment.

You are probably familiar with the fact that I believe strongly in the power of experiments.

Here it is, my new Experiment:

300 Vinyasas in 30 Days

It’s simple, and that’s the beauty of it. As so often happens, I complicated the whole idea of a daily yoga practice. I had imagined rules about when or how much. The imagined rules got in my way.

 

 

Starting September 1 I will do 10 Vinyasas every day, at whatever time works (or even doesn’t work but I will do it anyway). For those of you who may be interested I studied Ashtanga Yoga for many years and will be doing 5 Surya Namaskara A’s and 5 Surya Namaskara B’s. 

10 Vinyasas every day for 30 days. 300 Vinyasas total. Pretty darn cool.

Here is where I invite you to join me. Roll out your own mat and do 300 Vinvayasas.

Or, even better, take out your list of things you hope to do some day, pick one thing, and create a simple plan to make it happen.

I will begin my experiment with a curious mind and an open heart. I don’t know what will come out of it. Failure is always a possibility. What I do know is on September 1 I will roll out my mat and start something new.

 

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  1. Kirsten says:

    This sounds good to me, will you be showing pictures or diagrams of what you are doing each day? Or links to what each one is supposed to look like?

  2. Dhanu Sant says:

    Alright! I have been really struggling with sciatic pain and when I move in my yoga practice, it is better (unfortunately I am going to need more help than yoga at this juncture). So, I am in because the vinyasas will make me do the other sequences and poses that I need to do. I always need to keep committing to my yoga practice and will be glad to do it with you! Thanks for the invite!!

    • kelly says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that you are struggling with sciatic pain. How awful. I hope this helps motivate you to help yourself. I’ve also been thinking that just doing the vinyasas will inspire me to keep moving into the standing and seated sequences (but that’s my little secret :)). Having the smaller goal is do-able, and such a great starting point. Starting always leads somewhere, right? Sending you lots of healing thoughts Dhanu!

  3. Lee says:

    I’m in!

  4. Heid Garner says:

    I’m in too! i recently started yoga to deal with fibromyaligia pain. It helps so much! I want to join your challenge!

  5. Leigh Marotta says:

    This sounds exactly like the goal I need to start off the school year. I’m in!

  6. Leah says:

    Fantastic! I am feeling up to the challenge. Vinyasas everyday, here I come!

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