As a few of you have noticed, I have decided to undertake something *new* in my yoga practice this month of May... A form of Karma Yoga.
Some of you commented a while back on my experience of 'binge' yoga, about how yoga 4 times a week really didn't seem excessive. For myself, I work full time and would like other to do other social things instead of 'sorry, I have yoga tonight'. Or I'd like to play my guitar again... We sadly only have room for one thing an evening in our schedule, since my 'yoga' consisted of taking up from 5:30-7:30 each night (prep, chat, yoga, chat, change).
Weirdly enough, I recently discovered something called 'The Great Canadian Stretch'. Yep, not really my favourite name, but the name isn't what got me. This organization is a challenge for Yogi-nis across Canada to set a goal for their practice and support the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), one of Canada's oldest charities.
CNIB supports families with information, funds research and serves as a connection between professionals, organizations and individuals with a visual impairment. Interestingly enough, as a paediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, I have witnessed the unexpected effects that vision loss or impairment can have. Impaired vision can also greatly affect communication skills, social skills and ability to connect with family members. So much of our communication is non-verbal, facial expressions and visual.
For example, if your child was born with severe vision loss that was undiagnosed, how would they learn social cues such as eye contact, pointing and looking and responding to gestures? How would they learn symbolic and pretend play? Misdiagnosis of other social communicative disorders can (and has) happened due to undiagnosed vision loss.
So. I decided that my Yoga practice could definitely serve something more than my Self. I set my personal Yoga Adventure:
- I will practice Yoga every day for the month of May while listening to my body and finding a balance. This means not an hour of intense flow every day for a month, but trying more restorative and calming sequences at night. Meditating quietly for longer than 3 breaths. More pranayama during my practice.
- Although I'm finding a balance, I don't want to just stand up in Tadasana and claim 'ta dah!sana' I'm done! Each practice should be at least 20 minutes.
- During this month I will also invest a bit more into the Community Yoga Group, Coffee and Yoga and Yoga in the Park.
All this, and I set my goal originally at 100$... but have moved it up to 500$ with some prompting from Andrew. I was quite shy about posting this publicly... I really don't like to ask others for money, or to sponsor me, afraid I'm being all annoying and stuff. I'm really a bad fundraiser... hah.
Andrew being so wonderful, he posted the link on his facebook page and encouraged me (strongly) to blog about it. So here I am. As you can see from my little rant, I feel strongly that our Yoga Practice should be taken Off the Mat (as Seane Corn does) and make a difference. I would love it if you could help in any way, or just send positive vibes on my Journey. My sponsor page is here. :)
So, how's it going so far?
As you may have noticed, I blogged on HYC about our Beltane Yoga and Loving-Kindness Adventure with the Park Security Dude (my tree pose on the shore of the harbour). I tried to talk myself out of practicing on Sunday (already?? lol) but Andrew, again, pulled through and informed me that 20 minutes was 'no big deal, do it'.
Last night, for the first time ever in my solitary practice, I chose really slow and calming postures, neck rolls, child's poses, forward bends. Instead of being bored, I was calm, peaceful and the stress melted away! Who knew that late night, before bed yoga could be so beautiful?? (hah, I bet a lot of you knew!).
Tonight I wanted to move, I've felt lethargic all day. Yogaglo was perfect, 30 minutes of sweating and I'm happy and ready for the rest of the week!
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