I have been somewhat obsessed with the idea of yoga since the of age ten when my aunt first showed me The Beatles. It was a combination of the sound of their music and the eastern mysticism that laced their words that drew me into the practice and ultimately led me to study in an ashram during high school. I studied yoga regularly and used it as a form of exercise and fitness until college when I completely gave up the practice.
Recently, I have resolved to revisit yoga every day for the next eight weeks for the very simple reason of I bought a book about it—and maybe because I actually miss the practice and want to actually learn how to do it properly, again—and maybe because we are going to be moving soon and this might be my only saving grace to resolve my anxiety. When you’re vulnerable, you are much more openminded to situations and thus ready to lean into whatever asana will help your current state. For me, that was a set of blocks and a gold Fila yoga mat and a book called, Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee.
“Yoga can be amazingly transformative, but it can also just be a nice reminder to simply exist.”
I hope to develop some sort of sense of posture alignment for my lower back issues and even flexibility that transcends mental and physical boundaries as well. I also understand that eight weeks is a very long time, therefore I could potentially give up—but, in an effort to commit, I am just going to show up every day regardless of whether or not I complete the guided lessons in my book. I might also attempt to do a little bit more research and learn from some actual practitioners and find out the ways they stay motivated to do yoga. Hell, I might even go so far as consider to join an ashram and completely devote my life to the study of yoga, but in the meantime, I just want to try.
If you want to join me in this process, I will be documenting this endeavor every day on Instagram stories (#TWYogaChallenge), where I will be embracing the challenge and kept accountable as well as weekly on tovawild.com and will be cataloged under MTB Challenge (that’s a scary thought). If you have any tips, tricks, and recommendations I’d love to hear from you, please feel free to comment below or slide into my DM’s.
Yoga can be amazingly transformative, but it can also just be a nice reminder to simply exist.