Concerns your relationship with the outer world.
When I first decided to commit to mysore a few months ago, as an academic, naturally rather than going to practice, I got my hands on a book and started reading. I came across the 8 limbs of Yoga and I want to talk a bit about the first one, Yama (ethics).
So….Thanksgiving happened. Thanksgiving is pretty much the definition of healthy…ish…. Well, maybe more like unhealthy ish? I literally had pancakes for breakfast 3 days in a row….some with cheesecake on top (ya...cheesecake...I have no shame)…..some with chocolate chips….not to mention the butter laden deliciousness that was Thanksgiving dinner and the leftovers from said dinner. Needless to say, I think we all need to get back on the healthy wagon…for this week anyway. Here’s my plan for the week:
Many years ago, I was a swimmer, I swam in high school for my team and I really enjoyed it, but I wasn’t all that good. I didn’t quite get that competitive swimming was different than recreational swimming when I first joined the team, but nonetheless, I did my best. My best was not awesome. For anyone in the know, my breast stroke time was as fast as my freestyle (this might be good if either of my times were fast, but I had an average breast stroke time and a horrible freestyle time). My coach wanted to help me get better at my freestyle technique, so he videotaped me swimming (no easy feat in the early 90s) and it was rough. I was all over the place and really awkwardly uneven. My coach had been trying to convince me that I should breathe every 3 strokes in an attempt to even out my stroke, my haphazard movement, but it wasn’t until I saw that video that I knew I needed to do something to change how I went about swimming freestyle. When I started to breath every 3 strokes, it felt really uncomfortable, but the next time I was videotaped, by stroke looked a million times better than it did before. By breathing every 3 strokes, my body had evened itself out and I had a better balance as I swam.
Nobody believes I wake up at three. I woke up at 7:00 AM ish until I was 10, then 5:30 AM until I was 14, and I have been getting up at 3:00 AM for the last three months.
When I was 10 and started waking up earlier than most people. I had the typical hatred towards waking up early, but I eventually learned how to like waking up. I set an alarm. I made it easier by getting a ringtone app. I made my wake up alarm fun, so that way I could look forward to it.
I like bragging about waking up early. I read and heard about how waking up at the same time every day is beneficial, so while everyone else I know sleeps in on weekends, holidays, moon days, and breaks, I prefer to wake up at my usual time. I get to yoga at about 5:00 AM, so why, you may ask, do I get up at 3:00 AM? I function best in the morning, when everyone else is asleep, quiet, and not bothering me. This means that I can pray, read the bible, go for run, do my homework, and prepare for the chaos of the day at 3:00. Getting up at 3:00 is fun. I naturally wake up at 3:00 AM. whether or not my alarm goes off, or was set in the first place. When I am on vacation, at a sleepaway camp, or sleeping over at a friends house, I don’t set the alarm but sit there awake from 3:00 AM, until everyone else wakes up. Is waking up early difficult or you? Maybe a yoga practice would work in your routine.
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