It hardly seems like it has been a month since I have posted anything here. Time is flying by, September was crazy and it is even more insane to think I have less than two months left here… really about 6 weeks.
In the past three weeks or so I have picked up a new little routine, habit, yoga-life hack, whatever you would like to call it. And I wanted to share it with you…
Take five. That is it. Five sun salutation A’s and five sun salutation B’s.
I was struggling to find a desire to move on my mat. I was struggling to find any consistency. So I brought it back to the basics. I told myself that if I just did five of each and that was all the practice I could do that day, it was okay. But if after I was done I wanted to continue, that it was okay too. This is not some new yoga challenge trend I picked up from scrolling through Instagram because if you were to practice Ashtanga you would start your practice this exact way. I thought back to what got me out of my head and into my body and this is what I decided to try. It is a way to warm up the body and warm up the mind. It is a way to begin your practice without overthinking everything like what fancy transitions and flowy gracefulness to incorporate. You match your inhales and exhales to each pose in the sequence, you end, then begin again, and continue.
More often than not, I find myself staying on my mat after I have completed each five. I have found my practice to be stronger than ever before. Poses I wasn’t able to even try are slowly becoming accessible. I move slower, but smoother. I breathe slower, but deeper. I notice how Warrior One feels like pure bliss after riding a boda all day and Upward Facing Dog makes it difficult to breathe. I notice more, I feel more, I think less.
Although it isn’t some new Instagram challenge, I encourage you to try this. Try it when practicing feels like the last thing you want to do, when an incessant stream of worried thoughts seem to take over your life or when you want to start a yoga practice, but have no idea where to begin. What matters is that you make the decision to begin.
Speaking of decisions…
I finally made a decision in which direction I will go after I get back to the states. Honestly, it was very difficult, but after much journaling, meditating, googling, worrying, and long phone calls of rambling nonsense with some loved ones.. I made a decision. (Which I will disclose what exactly that is when December gets a bit closer) It is a ‘jump straight into the deep end when you’re not too sure how to swim’ kind of a decision, but just as one of my dear friends and teachers told me recently quoting Hunter S. Thomason, “Buy the ticket. Take the ride.”
So with the time I have left here, I have a lot of work to do. A LOT. Like almost makes me sick when I think about it. But also, I have a lot of play left to do. This past week I ran for the first time since I left the states and WOW it felt so terrible, but also insanely good. I am learning how to play tennis with some great people so that is interesting and very funny to watch I am sure. This past month I spent some time in Kigali, Rwanda and next month I will be going to Kenya for about a week for work so there is still much to see.
With all that being said, I encourage you to take five for yourself. Whether that be minutes, hours, days, months, sun salutations, or even the car bar. Take five to help you unwind, get energized, stay focused, breathe, make a decision, heal, get stronger, get softer or maybe just to laugh.
Thanks for reading. I always appreciate you.
See you sooner rather than later,