|Aiming true with more green smoothies!|
The first month of my Aim True Challenge 2012 is almost done. In fact, it's been exactly four weeks today since 2012 began, and there are only two days left in January. What a different experience this January has been for me than those of the past. In some ways it has still been a tough month for me, but not quite in the same ways that it has been in prior years, and this time around having the focus of my yoga practice with specific plans and goals (including writing about it in this very blog!) really changed the way it felt, all for the better.
Sitting here with a space heater, fuzzy socks and ginger tea to warm me, I present my January stats! (My heat isn't working and won't be fixed until tomorrow. I'm going to be under 10,000 blankets watching movies soon.)
- 16/87 Kathryn Budig YogaGlo classes completed.
- 9/16 I had taken at least once before.
- Favorite Aim True (Kathryn Budig) practices so far:
- 21 total personal yoga practices completed.
- Additional yoga practices this year:
- Felicia Tomasko's Wipe The Slate Clean Yin class
- Kripalu Restorative Yoga class
- Public Hatha class at the YMCA with Beverly
- Kripalu Moderate Flow Yoga audio practice
- Danny Arguetty Moderate Kripalu Yoga Audio Practice
- Professionally: have taught 37 yoga classes and four meditation classes in 2012 as a Kripalu-certified RYT.
|Aiming true with glorious steamed artichokes!|
|Aiming true with a focus on fruits and veggies!|
|Aiming true with Artemis!|
I joke with my students all of the time that they can set an intention to have intention, and that's perfectly okay. Your intention in yoga practice, if you have one, doesn't have to be something lofty or profound. It can be as simple as having intention. I can't tell you the number of times in class, when directed to set an intention for my practice, I have thought "my intention is just to find some freakin' intention!" (it's second only to "My intention is my breath. Focus on the breath. Nothing more or less. Breath.") It's not so much that I lack things I want to do, see, achieve, accomplish, and check off an imaginary list. It's that I have TOO many things on too many lists, and I get overwhelmed and start feeling paralyzed. I need help discerning which goals I should seek. And after one full month of this focus, I know my first goal is the inquiry of optimal living, and specifically how good health supports optimal living, and how my choices support good health.
So, Jai! Jai! Jai! to you, to me, to all beings. As I continue to choose to be actively engaged in my life, I wish you the aim to be actively engaged in yours. And peace. I wish myself and you and all beings peace. Om. Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.
*photo of Artemis from Kathryn Budig's Elephant Journal article.