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Mastering Crow {#365yoga}

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Judith’s wisdom for March 10 was that difficulty is one hundred percent subjective. What is easy for me may be hard for you. What you make look simple eludes me. She then challenged us #365yoga-ers to pick an asana that we find difficult and keep at it for the next twenty-one days.

The first pose that came to mind is crow pose (crane pose / bakasana). I lack both balance and upper arm strength. So for the rest of the month I set to mastering flying. (What asana did you choose?)

I’m starting with these videos by Sadie Nardini. VERY helpful!

 

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A Year of Living Your Yoga by P.T. Judith Hanson Lasater Ph.D.

A Year of Living Your Yoga is a collection of aphorisms by Judith Hanson Lasater, drawn from her teaching of yoga over the past three decades. Reflecting her knowledge of classic yoga philosophy, her own yoga practice and teaching, and her life experiences, these aphorisms are inspiring, humorous, and down-to-earth. There is one aphorism for each day of the year, along with a suggested practice. Some practices will take you onto your yoga mat and others will take you off of it. All will give you the opportunity to be present to yourself, and to life’s ups and downs—day by day, breath by breath, moment by moment.

– via Amazon.com

You may or may not have noticed under my Books Page that I’ve started A Year of Living Your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater. I started the program on Wednesday, but since I started late I did go through and read the days I missed. I’m extremely excited about this program! Each day contains one aphorism and a challenge on how to apply it to your life for that day.

For example:

Jan 26 – Without discipline there is no art.

Living Your Yoga: The art of yoga comes from the consistency of discipline. Today resolve to practice for the next twenty-one days without missing a single one. Note it on your calendar.

Jan 27 – Discipline arises from clarity of intention and commitment.

Living Your Yoga: Sit quietly on your mat. Create an intention for your practice before you begin, such as this Mantra for Daily Living: Today I will focus my practice on inviting inner stillness.

(my favorite of the ones I missed) Jan 19 – Suffering comes from our unwillingness to be present.

Living Your Yoga: Today notice five recurring thoughts that take you away from your life as it is. Write them down. When you get a chance, burn the paper lovingly, and let those thoughts drift away with the smoke.

I’m keeping a journal of my favorite aphorisms and my thoughts/feelings on the challenges and hope to update once a week. I’m doing this via my Kindle. While I think it would be nice to have the book in hand, I always have my Kindle on me and it keeps my place so I can just open straight up to the next day.

Are you participating in #365yoga?