If you follow me on Instagram, you might notice that I’m participating in several daily yoga challenges.
I am having so much fun with this! I just love learning new poses and the fact that it forces me to practice yoga every day!
In fact, it’s kind of difficult for me not to get carried away with it. I have these grand plans to get my RYT200 certification once my children are in school. That’s a loooong road, because 200 hours is a lot of hours. I know it will be such an amazing growing experience, intellectually and physically. I can’t wait! But wait, I will — until my youngest child is in kindergarden and I can go through the training without impacting our time together during the day. Because I already have issues being a SAHM saying “yes” to more things than I should.
I am also trying my best to wait patiently to learn how to handstand.
Every single day, handstanding against walls and trees and doorways. Falling, falling, falling.
All those 20-something yogis on Instagram, hopping right up into handstand like it’s no big deal!
And me, falling into a tree and skinning my knee in my *cough* upper 30’s *cough*.
My goal is to be able to handstand by the time I am 40.
If I wait to start my RYT200, I hope to be certified by then as well.
So I am waiting.
In both my yoga practice and in life.
Listening to my body. Trying to live in the moment without rushing anything.
In yoga, one of the Niyamas called Tapas applies. Tapas is:
…the practice of both mental and physical discipline. To practice Tapas is to exhibit determination in pursing daily practices and your life’s mission, while remaining joyful in the knowledge that outer discipline will lead to inner discipline.
…Stay in the present moment regardless of how uncomfortable it becomes.
– Beth Shaw’s YogaFit, Second Edition (affiliate link)
In Christian terms, disciplines are also very important. See this series on spiritual disciplines.