Today I went to work for 9 hours as I do on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. When I got home at 5pm, I was pretty tired and had plans to go play D&D with my friends. Remembering that I needed to do yoga, I did a few sun salutations. This simple cycle of movements helps energize the body and I laid down and rested for about 15 minutes afterwards to help regain my strength. As expected, my body and especially my legs were quite sore from the exercise on 1/30. I took it easy through the movements and the extra lactic acid helped me regain flexibility in my legs.
I’m also continuing to read two main books at the moment. One is not really related to yoga, but is related to discipline and attaining measurable self-set goals, like we’re trying to do for this course. It’s “The Power of Self-Discipline: No Excuses” by Brian Tracy. I found it in the school library on the display, which had other similar self help books at the beginning of the new semester. I’m also continuing to read T.K.V. Desikachar’s The Heart of Yoga. Though I’ve had this book for a while, I had mostly skimmed through it in the past. This time around I’m really reading every page in order and studying the book. Now that I’ve read through the beginning where he lays out the principles of yoga practice and a yoga-centered life, I’m actually in the meat of the book describing yoga practice. Much of this is centered around awareness of the breath and posture.
I’m also still thinking about what I need to do to put together a more actionable schedule so that yoga and exercise are more of a primary action in my life rather than an afterthought. I have an app on my phone that sends me a notification with Stoic philosopher quotes in the morning. Mine this morning was timely, from Epictetus:
“Now is the time to get serious about living your ideals. How long can you afford to put off who you really want to be? Your nobler self cannot wait any longer. Put your principles into practice – now. Stop the excuses and the procrastination. This is your life! You aren’t a child anymore. The sooner you set yourself to your spiritual program, the happier you will be. The longer you wait, the more you’ll be vulnerable to mediocrity and feel filled with shame and regret, because you know you are capable of better. From this instant on, vow to stop disappointing yourself. Separate yourself from the mob. Decide to be extraordinary and do what you need to do – now.”