This week, really, what we are doing is working through the care and feeding of new practices. Monday you gathered some support. Yesterday, you remembered to play a little (lighten-up). These are critical steps in caring for a new practice, but by no means will do much unless you put forth the effort to actually care about it, emotionally.
So, with the proper care of your yoga practice (whether this is asana, meditation, creative expression, going to church, or something else) it might help to specifically set up a space or a time to care for your practice. For some people, this involves putting a picture of a beloved teacher, saint, or some reminder in a special place. Perhaps they bring a flower, or pour water there to have an activity to express the intention of caring each day. This in no way needs to be the way you express your care. But I want to encourage you to find the way that you can express this intention and caring during your normal routine in the morning. This is by no means a religious practice unless you make it so. However, what we physically do, and what we lend more than one of our sense to, can have far-reaching effects that can only be explained as miraculous for some. Try it out for 14 days. They say this is how long it takes to get a habit. You can do it!
Why do something to express your intention in the morning? It sets the tone for the whole day. Even if you practice yoga asana or meditation at another time in the day, or even in another setting, it is a healthy reminder to your psyche and your subconscious that you care about this practice.
Pose of the Day: Virasana – Hero pose. See how sitting with your intention for your own yoga may take form as you hold this position. You may be surprised what something simple such as sitting differently can add. If you have knee problems, I would suggest using another sitting position of your choice.
Yogic Concept of the Day: Setting Intentions using physical action, not just thought. The thinking mind may not be the only part of us that can set intentions.
Photo Credit: Tallent Show