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.
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.