Wedding planning and working at a high-stress job simultaneously have taught me this: I’m too focused on nearly everything that doesn’t matter while forgetting the things that do — love, faith and remembering to breathe. Luckily my body’s impulse to suck in a deep breath kicks in after a few minutes and I don’t die.
Here are the things that gone from normal to nasty in the last year:
- My skin,
- My weight, and
- My ability to take a deep breath.
That’s just the stuff on the outside, but I know that these are signs that the stuff on the inside is suffering.
Instead of fighting myself for another day, my plan is to take 30 days to commit to myself. My hope is that if I take better care of myself, I will be a better person to care for and love the people around me. My friend Renee said tonight that I should try to treat myself the way I’d treat my best friend. She asked if I could have that kind of compassion for myself. I think, I hope, I pray that I can.
So for those of you joining me for the next 30 days, here’s the plan.
Daily Devotional Reading
My soon-to-be sister in law is reading this so I’m diving in too. This has daily readings with scripture to accompany it and encourages journaling, which I’ll get to in a minute.
Alternative (or Supplemental) Devotional Reading
For those of you who would like less Christianity in the reading and a little more yoga, I’d suggest Judith Lasater’s Living Your Yoga, Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life. I love this book and there are 21 chapters that you could stretch out over the 30 days.
Optional Before Practicing Yoga
I love Meditations from the Mat, Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison. I also love God Makes the Rivers to Flow by Eknath Easwaran. I keep both of these books on my iPhone so I can pull them out when things are getting crazy stressful or if I’m at a yoga class and don’t want to bring a printed copy with me.
The Yoga Practice
For this 30-day period, I’m committing to a minimum of 20 minutes of yoga per day. It doesn’t have to be in a class at a studio; on my mat alone in the living room is fine. There are some great yoga videos online too if you don’t feel like making up your own home practice. I use YogaGlo for that.
I also consider meditation to be yoga, so there will be days that I’ll suggest longer meditation sessions in lieu of long yoga sessions. I’ll be meditating for at least 10 minutes each day too — even if that means I’m listening to mediation to help me get to sleep. I love David Harshada Wagner’s meditation, but I’m going to try to branch out. If you’ve never meditated before, using a guided session is a great way to get started. Even the Headspace app is a great way to start.
I’ll post updates each week on the focus of the classes I’m doing in the event that you want to do the same thing.
Day One – Jan. 29
Get grounded with this practice. I’ll be taking the 60-minute class with Jason Crandall on YogaGlo called Grounding and Centering with Hip Openers. If I’m starting somewhere, it might as well be at the bottom.
Ten-minute meditation on making a blank slate.
Day Two – Jan. 30
This process is all about love, so I’ll do Kathyn Budig’s Love Yourself class to celebrate the end of the workweek rather than have a weekend cocktail.
Day Three – Jan. 31
Whatever my kula is doing. Saturday there is no excuse for me not to make a yoga class in person, so I’m going to do whatever my incredible teachers tell me to do.
Day Four – Feb. 1
I’m flying to D.C. for a conference on consumer engagement in electronic health records (exciting stuff), so I’ll do something for an immunity boost. This yin class is a great way to work on the lymph and immune system.
Day Five – Feb. 2
I doubt that I’ll have much time for anything, but this Jason Crandall class for travel is one of my favorites and I can make time for that at some point during the day.
Day Six. – Feb 3
Who knows what I’ll be eating or how my body will be freaking out because of the cold weather, so something like this Heat and Fire Flow class by Kathryn Budig will be a good way to keep from freezing and getting too tight from sitting in conference rooms all day.
Day Seven – Feb. 4
Though I’ll be reading, journaling and praying, it might be easy to let the physical practice get too much about the workout and not enough about the devotion, so before getting back on the plane to come back to Louisiana, I’ll try this Strong Flow to Explore Devotion class. This is a new teacher for me, but I am trying to be more open to stretching my routine.
If you’re joining me, how will you structure your devotional to best meet your needs? What classes are you attending so I can join you?
Sending my love to each of you. I am so happy that we are doing this together and can’t waiting to talk to you each about how this is going.
All my love,