≡ Menu
YogaDork

#365Yoga – Day 365: Don’t Stop Me Now

in 365Yoga, YD News

by Nancy Alder
Here we are: day 365 of the first year of #365yoga, the project I started January 1st of this year.  I can hardly believe that 364 days later YogaDork asked me to recap what has been a truly transformative process.  I have learned who supports me, I have learned on my mat, I have grown off it and have become a different kind of yogi.

When I initiated the #365yoga project with my cybersangha on Facebook andTwitter via my blog, Flying Yogini, I had no idea that so many people from all over the world would join me on the adventure.  I had been teaching a boatload of yoga classes but found my own yoga practice was being sidelined.  I wanted to be held accountable for practicing daily and I hoped that declaring publicly that I was going to would be the push I needed.  I began to blog every day and soon others began to chronicle their daily practices as well using my hashtag: #365yoga.

Being a yoga teacher and avid practitioner I am hardly surprised that my yoga would change over the course of 365 days.  Yet I was totally unprepared to discover that the majority of the yoga I practiced was off the mat.  My goal to get my asana into classes has completely transformed into getting my yoga anywhere I can find it.  I was able to see yoga in my elves, in my new puppy, in frustrating situations and in magic ones. Orange balloons, Maroon 5 and boiling pasta all were lessons in my growing practice as much as were the new ways I learned to enter into Kapotasana.

By the end of this year I have discovered that asana is such a small part of my practice.  My yoga is, more often than not, off the mat, and in realizing this I have deepened my love for it.  I have also become a better teacher and returned to that feeling of being a beginner.  Rather than craving the shazaam and wowsa asanas, I am building slowly, working up to 3o minutes of meditation a day.  Instead of looking to rock arm balances and pretzel poses, I am craving the quiet of Yin.  I am just getting started and it has never felt more exciting!

I am so thankful for all the support and fellow travellers that have shared my mat this past year.  Yogis that have allowed me to see their strength, their humor and their vulnerability just as I have shown mine to them.  I have located my sangha and I learn from them with every post, comment and email I receive.  They are my yoga community and have been the partners in this virtual acro yoga practice.

As I look ahead to the mat that I will use in 2012 I see myself as a brand new yoga student having only just started to scratch the surface of my practice. Thanks to the journey of 2011 I have discovered the doors opened by this practice and glimpsed what magical things may be found behind them.  My blog will continue as will #365yoga so that our community can keep on keeping on with our sharing and connection.  I will be posting as often as possible (hopefully daily) as a beginning yogi, sharing my discoveries whether they be brand new or merely looked at in a fresh way.  I will add a hashtag for my Twitter community to share on this newbie journey (#365newbie) so others, whether they are advanced or first timers, can remember that we are always beginners.  I hope to make 2012 the year of freshness so that others can be inspired in their practices as I have been in 2011.

Yesterday while playing a game called “Find-It” with my elves, my eldest discovered the elusive penny within the container.  We have had these games for years and never had a single circular copper sighting.  Yet, there it was sparkling and obvious for all three of us to see.  I was reminded that even after looking at the same thing forever, new kernels of wonder can be found.  Just like inside the middle of the game WAS that penny, at the heart of our yoga is the good stuff which we CAN find with perseverance and practice.

Rather than kissing 2011 goodbye and with it all the fabulous and horrid, I am celebrating the continued journey #365yoga has offered me and my fellow travelers.  I am not making resolutions, burning papers with old memories or wishing and hoping for what will come.  Instead I am singing “Don’t Stop Me Now” and am stepping back onto my mat just like I did yesterday and will do every day following.  I will find that mat in the studio, in my home, with my elves or simply sitting at a red light.

I am happily hunting for the penny my practice and loving all the other things I find along the way.  Join me.  Join us.

35 comments… add one

  • Isn’t that whole yoga off the mat business magical? Cheers dear lady for following through on this. Bravo!

    I cannot wait to see what’s coming up next for you. I mean, there is no way to stop sparkling once you begin ;)

  • Thanks for the support and the inspiriation as a fellow yogini/mom!

  • Thank you for your inspiration and your writings. I am blown away that you are taking the #365newbie journey as I have just blogged about ‘begin again from the beginning part 1′ and part two is about starting out with a fresh mat and perspective. I hope to have much to tweet with you about the upcoming voyage!!!
    Happy New Year
    Namaste

  • So glad we’ll be doing this together Sondra! Reply here with a link to your latest post so others can read it as well! rock it lady!

  • I on the other hand am counting down the seconds to kissing 2011 goodbye… like don’t let the door hit you in the rear on the way out :) but I am taking the lessons I’ve learned with me to 2012 and continuing to grow and stretch beyond my limits (mainly the limitations of my own psyche)

  • ha! some years rule and others drool (that’s what the elves say at least). i have tried hard to not regret things that were totally last year and look forward instead. watching your journey in 2011 has been a joy N!

  • beautiful post N. so blessed to have shared the journey with you and cannot wait to see how your spirit unfolds in 2012. it’s going to be a wonderful year i just know it <33

  • Thanks Thais! ditto on your blog! happy 2012 and all the wonder it brings

  • Those that cannot apply for this kind of card or that would prefer
    a different solution could consider a prepaid
    card that comes with a credit building element as
    an alternative. It’s a good idea to have separate email promotions for prospects and customers, too, because you typically need to send different information to the different groups. You can make corrections directly instead of having to search mistake through the code, if something does not seem OK for you.

  • Flash web designers will like the cost and the creativity of the Trendy Flash Site Builder.

    It’s easy to use a fake IP address on i – Phone and i – Pad, but you need to know what you need the fake IP for. Once safely at Thebes, though, the obelisks were brought to the temple at Karnak with much fanfare.

  • Save All Paperwork: Whatever paperwork arrives with your parts or which is provided from the seller should be maintained.
    ) and installation used are correct for your situation and the location of your wine cellar.
    Html form builder renders efficient service to online business companies
    to create any sort of online form to integrate it into their website and receive incoming information
    from online visitors.

  • All they need to do is to enroll with their name, email, contact
    number and country and vemmabuilder will cater to the particular country of the person.

    You might get one or more benefits of outline designer along with it is the ideal means to unleash the capacities.
    Decide now because if you are a weight lifter, you
    will not build the chest that you are looking for.

  • Save All Paperwork: Whatever paperwork arrives with your parts or which is provided from the seller should
    be maintained. Rather, they’re designed to help spark possibilities in your own mind. Net’s builder has been out for a little more than
    a year, yet it already helped more than 5,000 webmasters to
    create their online forms.

  • Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this
    website? I’m getting sick and tired of Wordpress because I’ve had issues with hackers and
    I’m looking at alternatives for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  • It’s time to stop making the same diet resolution over
    and over, and over again, and move onward with Vitabod’s Garcinia Cambogia for a positive life-altering adjustment.
    Another thing that transforms Cambogia Garcinia weight loss extract into such an effective weight loss supplement is the ability of its
    primary ingredients to prevent the process of
    converting carbohydrates that are already stored inside your body into unhealthy
    fats. The other tips are: ‘ Ought to not include any kind of fillers,
    binders or fabricated active ingredients.

  • I’m more than happy to find this page. I need to to thank you for ones time for this particularly
    wonderful read!! I definitely really liked every part of it and I have you
    saved to fav to look at new information on your web site.

  • Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to
    assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Anyway I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  • This piece of writing is really a nice one it assists new
    web people, who are wishing in favor of blogging.

  • Good day! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would
    be ok. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  • Then, there are green building materials trade-offs.
    I think Twitter Bootstrap helped me out a little bbit more robustness to it.
    Naturally, the set is relatively easy and can be mixed with
    existing data center infrastructure, allowing applications the option to build a computer?

    It is known that the produuction of the architectural drawing to tell them what features
    and functions to design and tthe technologies and the landscape and designing according to that particular environment.
    The idea of conservation is that the proposed fun-fair.

  • Although the pet is the first of the rewards, no more rewards have been identified yet.

    Aside from that, Look at the bright side, one does not have
    to waste time at home doing nothing. online games are gaining importance due to graphics used in these games.

  • Excellent post. I will be experiencing many
    of these issues as well..

  • That means using a small amount of your set-up budget to have
    another business go to each and every directory and submit the information for you.
    But, large corporations have the bank to launch major advertising campaigns;
    the regular website Joes can’t even advertise a pee-wee football league, much less a Superbowl.
    Which makes it really hard for website business owners
    to make a living from home, especially for newbies first entering the Internet Marketing world.

  • If you wish for to get a good deal from this piece
    of writing then you have to apply such techniques to your won webpage.

  • Hey! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which
    blog platform are you using for this site? I’m etting tired of
    Wordpress because I’ve had issues wijth hackers and I’m looking att options for another
    platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  • Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could get a captcha
    plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  • I used to be suggested this website by means of my cousin.
    I’m not certain whether or not this publish is written by him as nobody else recognize such distinct approximately my trouble.
    You are wonderful! Thanks!

  • Uta

    My cocker Troy, developed allergies when he was around 13 years old, and to this day (he passed 2 years
    ago at the age of 15) I still don. The symptoms of the distinctive
    types of eczema can vary far and wide in terms of severity.

    Eye issues such as dryness, redness, or frequent styes.
    Additional therapies include sunscreens, which helps protect the screen from the damaging
    effect of the sun. After two weeks of basic EFT, however,
    Kevin reported that the skin had. A dermatologist would
    have the most specialized knowledge of your condition. This include fat cells which
    would ordinarily give your cocker spaniel a beautiful shiny coat, but when they
    are in excess, the coat then becomes greasy – there will
    be scaling off of excess skin (flaking) as well as a foul smell coming from the coat (I met a cocker that had that problem and you could clearly smell it on her fur).
    It’s a common skin condition that can be easily spotted and easily treated.
    Keratosis pilaris could also occur almost anywhere else on the body.

    This is why it is normally more serious in the winter. unresolved emotions might be erupting in your skin. Atopy is another very common skin disease in both dogs
    and cats. Sometimes accompanied by itching and burning sensations, most types of rosacea are still very mild.
    Dry skin can be genetic cause, or it can be done by food, and excessive exposure to sun or freezing death.

    Your child may sleep through the night while your friend’s awakens every two hours.
    They are eliminating this terrible skin problem forever.

    The specific sort of condition and where on your skin it erupts are among the most
    significant aspects. research shows that skin conditions get worse with stress and negative.

    Intertrigo- Intertrigo is a red, raw, weepy rash that is most often found in the neck folds of ‘chubby’
    babies. The same vitamin contain also green leafy vegetables.

  • Incredible story there. What happened after? Thanks!

  • Hi, just wanted to tell you, I lovsd this post. It was
    helpful. Keep oon posting!

  • Today, I went tto the beachfront with my kids. I found a sea shell
    and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. Shhe never wants to go
    back! LoL I know this is totally off topic
    but I had to tell someone!

  • Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article.
    I’ll be sure to bookmaark it and come back
    to read more of your useful information. Thajks for the post.
    I will definitely return.

  • Hi, I’m a fresh new graphic artist only starting out and
    I am in need of a portfolio. Are you needing an internet site design at
    zero cost?

  • Understanding both advantages and disadvantages are important in order to choose the best internet marketing
    strategy. A VPN creates an encrypted connection to
    a third-party server, and all your Internet traffic is routed
    through that server. It’s probably some mix of the two, so I have to give him props for
    not going too far in either direction.

  • The unit folds in half and is straightforward to clean.
    Make the chair legs.

Leave a Comment