The first month of 2018 flew by and I got to ring in the new year by completing Kino MacGregor’s The Yogi Assignment. The lessons Kino lays out come from Patanjali’s 8 limbs of Ashtanga yoga, the yamas, the niyamas, as well as some other important yoga lessons.
Each of the days’ lessons are laid out in a story, followed by homework (usually just consisting of journaling), and a series of poses most related to the lesson. I did not do the poses this time around, I focused on the mental and spiritual aspect of this book.
The main thing I have gained from this month is that I feel much more connected to my yoga practice and my spirituality in my daily life. Beginning with the meditations in the morning helps me stay so present and out of my head. I increased my meditations from 5 minutes to 10 and noticed a significant difference. I will try to meditate every morning now but if I miss a morning I won’t beat myself up about it.
I have also regained my spark to practice and read about yoga. I was in a bit of a slump in my practice and then the gluttony of the holidays barreled in and I really couldn’t seem to get going as readily as I used to.
I have already noticed some strength coming back to me after just practicing twice a week the past 3 weeks. Poses like Bakasana are feeling natural again. My chaturanga has been weak too, and I have noticed an improvement. I’ve identified specific parts of my practice I’ve wanted to improve upon and I have been focusing on them while balancing all parts of the body. This is easy since I think I could use improvement in all parts of my practice!
This month I remembered my mantra I used to use: Progress not perfection. The last few months I could only see the end result I wanted but had forgotten the path I knew I had to take to get there.
I hope to keep up these good habits throughout 2018 and develop a lot more.
Let’s all have a great year.