Today marks the third day of yoga practice. I’ve created a very small routine with the intention of perfecting the cat-cow and downward-facing dog positions. However, last night, I meditated for the first time and failed miserably. Again, I have practiced yoga before and have meditated in a large class (and once or twice alone), but last night, meditating without an instructor was challenging. My biggest problem was concentrating and I assume that trying to do so right before bed doesn’t help given that I often use that time to reflect deeply. And while reflection is a big part of meditation, I’ve learned that outside thoughts, especially disorganized thoughts serve only as a distraction. Nonetheless, I meditated for ten minutes and surprisingly felt relax shortly after and still feel at ease this morning.
We all know what works and what doesn’t after we brave through short or long term endeavors. And even if we “lose” we never lose the lessons we learn in them. This new year, I want to prioritize my health and well being. After attempting to practice yoga regularly more than once, I want to finally grasp the physical and mental components of yoga and become a “yogi” as the title of this blog reads. What I will do differently this time is do further research, meditate more and do the asanas (poses) in better form. All of this implies slow but sure progress. The biggest challenge I will face is time management, especially now that I work a full-time job and will begin to study for the GRE (Graduate Report Examination) in mid-February. This blog does not attempt to teach readers how “to yoga” but rather share the journey of a beginning practitioner and his commitment to a healthier lifestyle.