I was describing my schedule to a group of students last week, expressing how grateful I am that for over twenty years teaching has been a part of my daily life. My classes are scheduled into my calendar before anything else, and everything is adapted to fit that schedule.
Teaching daily also necessitates that I study daily.
As a result, two important aspects of self-care are always in my schedule: daily practice and svadhyaya (self-study).
Slowly over the years, you’ve all become my “accountability” partners. To deliver a class or an online course that meets your needs, I can’t let my daily routine slip. In fact, I’m afraid to. I owe my commitment to you.
Can you find someone to hold you accountable?
Sometimes promising a friend you’ll meet them in class makes it easier to get there. For whatever reason, you find it easier to honour commitments you’ve made to others than ones you’ve made to yourself.
Try it for a few weeks, and see if you don’t become more consistent with your class attendance.
Why is this important?
Yoga practiced once a week is a lovely stretching exercise; yoga practiced at least three times weekly (better yet, daily), is life changing.
At the same time, watch out for the little ways in which you tend to let yourself down.
Do you do what you say? How often do you lie to yourself?
This is important! Letting yourself down erodes your faith. How are you going to get your big dreams done if you don’t keep even the small promises you’ve made with yourself?
Do what you say you will.
It’s okay to change your mind and renegotiate your commitments to yourself, but no more lying.
If you’ve promised yourself you will do X, Y or Z… get to it!
Today is a new beginning.
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