The Gift of Permission

December 31, 2010

picture by: Cathy McMillan

Prompt: Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s
the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?

1. authorization granted to do something;
formal consent

My most memorable gift I recieved this year was ‘permission’. The permission to explore, and dig deeper into my practice during the weekends with my fellow yoga trainees at IAY. The permission to be OK right where I am, and not need to be something or someone else. The permission to be in the process and not have to be perfect, or reaching wildly for some goal(even though I persisted to keep reaching for one), but permission to be with what is happening now. The permission to mess up..again and again, to get into the sticky parts, to play, to cry, to be whatever I was, to speak, and above all to learn what Yoga truly means to me. My version of Yoga is forever changed because of this permission, and I hope that I can give back the same gift to those I love and teach.



December 18, 2010

Prompt:What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?

1. I want to become a yoga teacher, and teach 2-3 classes a week by 2012. This was my New Years Resolution the last 3 Years, and I finally did it. Yay me!

2. I also want to stay with my morning meditation practice. I have been working on this, and I feel like I have a pretty good head start to make this one happen as well.

3. I want to spend more time practicing Yoga, and not just asana, but additionally the Yoga in my daily life, in my driving, at the grocery store, with my fiance, and at work. I want to try keeping the yamas and niyamas engraved in my mind, and keep reading spiritual text to stay inspired.

4. I want to try to spend more time with my brother and his fiance.

5. I want to try spending more time focusing on myself instead of on what others are doing- Try to be less caught up in the drama around me, and choose to stay focused on what I am doing, finding ishvara pranidhana in my action, intention and speech.

6. I want to try creating a ritual for my yoga practice to do each day.

7. I want to try doing one thing at a time and finishing these things before moving onto another thing.

8. I want to try letting go of my need to ‘hurry up and get there’- whether that’s Friday, Summer, the store, or simply to the next pose. I want to try being in the moment more, and being more mindful.

Without in 2011

December 18, 2010

By David Plant

Prompt:What can I do without in 2011?

My teacher has been posting these Prompts that are just wonderful little ways to inspire writing. My friend was mentioning this particular prompt in class today and it stuck with me. Usually we are asked what we want for Christmas, and what we want in the New Year, but honestly simplicity is a beautiful thing. This is what I have been pondering. It all seems so normal, but undoubtedly overused in 2010 by me.

My List of the 12 Things I Can Live Without In 2011
1. Negativity
2. Excuses to not do things that are good for me
3. Procrastination- especially thinking I will do it later…I rarely did!
4. Car Trouble
5. Forgetfulness
6. Limiting thoughts/actions/what I think I know
7. Back Pain, Knee Pain, and Headaches
8. Drama at work
9. The need to give advice
10. Confusion
11. Clutter-in my head, in my classroom, in my house
12. Impatience