May 2023: Tapas (Discipline)

Happy May 31, 2023 – Tapas (Discipline)

Happy Wednesday Yogis! We are continuing on with weaving practice of each of the Niyamas into our day. This is almost our 10th Tapas or discipline Day! Our intro Tapas Day, we made a goal that was important to us. Each Tapas Day, we checked in on our progress. It has been nearly a month and a half since our last Tapas Day, so if you are a new Yogi and have kept up on your daily habit, you have likely successfully formed a new habit! Congratulations, keep it up!! If you have not kept up, examine why you did not, and consider if you want to keep this goal or set a new one. Evaluate the reminders and/or rewards you set for yourself, and perhaps modify these systems to ensure your success! Yoga is a practice, and successfully changing our habits is about consistency, so we will keep checking in on our goals on Tapas Days.

PS I want to report back on my Duolingo Daily Habit.. I have kept up with this goal and I am currently close to 600 ๐Ÿ™‚ I am extra motivated by my two friends who also have this as their daily habit, and coming up on 2 years and 500 days in a row!

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We are starting a bonus Daily Meditation Challenge for June – get a head start! For Tapas day today, try a Morning Motivation Guided Meditation.

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to get some exercise for Tapas Day and Work Out Wednesday. If you are having a hard time keeping up with the daily habits you have set for yourself, consider trying and sticking with a 30 Day Challenge!

I am also going to do a couple of our past Yoga Workouts today – Crab / Boat for Core and Glutes, and Upward Plank Holds for Glutes.

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For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. – Plato

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Santosha (Contentment): May 2023 Yoga Challenge & June Meditation Month

Happy May 30, 2023 – Santosha (Contentment)

Good Morning Yogis! June is Rebuild Your Life Month. I find challenge-focused months super helpful for my own motivation, so we are going to continue with a daily Meditation practice challenge for June, as I am also in a rebuilding stage.

We are continuing on with weaving practice of each of the Niyamas into our day. Last time we practiced the second of the Niyamas, Santosha / contentment with ourselves on the mat, by honoring and being gentle with our bodies, and not pushing ourselves to pain. Today we will be focusing on Santosha with our lives, not just our bodies.

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Congrats on completing our May Challenge! Please stay with us.. we will check in with our monthly daily commitment on Tapas Day and have another Svadhyaya Journal Day this week, and will begin our meditation-focused month for June.

Bonus Daily Meditation Challenge

We are starting a bonus daily meditation challenge for June! If you want to get started early for our Mindfulness-focused Santosha Day today, try a Mindfulness Guided Meditation.

cool perspective sunlit cloudy mountain sky with shadowy city - santosha contentment happiness satisfaction Quote: If oneโ€™s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having a few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation. - Dalai Lama
If oneโ€™s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having a few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation. – Dalai Lama

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to actively exercise Santosha / contentment by focusing on the present moment, ideally in nature. I have heard if we focus on the past we will be depressed, if we focus on the future we will be anxious, and the key to joy is living in the present moment. A couple of the Yamas and Niyamas reflect this secret of happiness hidden in the “now”. I find one of the easiest ways to do this is to get outside and be active! Go on a walk, and perhaps literally stop and smell the roses. Take a run and feel the wind on your face. Being around water is always especially calming for me, maybe head out for a walk down the beach, around a lake, or by a river. Perhaps hike and appreciate the beauty around you rather than focusing on finding a perfect selfie spot. Since we are still in the days of social distancing, maybe pack a picnic and head to the back yard or a nearby park, or read a book on your deck or by the window. Whatever feels like the best way for you to get out of your little bubble, and appreciate the beauty of the world around you.

Also, calmly notice when your thoughts drift back to the past or forward to the future. Try to bring yourself back to the present moment by focusing on the sight, sounds, smells, taste, or feel of your surroundings.

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Saucha (Purity): May 2023 Yoga Challenge

Happy May 29, 2023 – Saucha (Purity)

Good Morning Yogis! We completed our round of practices of the Yamas and now we are moving on to the Niyamas! Last time we practiced the first of the Niyamas, Saucha / purity with our bodies, with a deep clean or pampering self-care practice.

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Donโ€™t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Lower the bar. Actually spending ten minutes clearing off one shelf is better than fantasizing about spending a weekend cleaning out the basement. – Gretchen Rubin

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to practice Saucha / Purity with our surroundings. I personally do not do well when my home is cluttered or disorganized. I need everything to have its own place to go back to, or else I cannot find anything! Pick an area of your home or office to declutter and clean. Get storage bins, drawer organizers, or whatever you need to help yourself keep this area clean and organized going forward. Whether it is your closet, garage, junk drawer, basement, car, or your e-mail inbox, work on bringing Saucha to one of your spaces that you feel needs some TLC.

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Aparigraha (Non-Attachment): May 2023 Yoga Challenge

Happy May 28, 2023 – Aparigraha (Non-Attachment)

Happy Sunday Yogis! We are staying sync-ed up with our 30 Day Challenge group, and today is Aparigraha or Non-Attachment Day. Last time we practiced the positive of the last of the YamasAparigraha / non-attachment by practicing gratitude, but today we will take it a step further.

Today is also the second anniversary of Daily Yogi! We will focus on meditation for June, but move on to a summer special feature July.

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Being attached is what prevents us from seeing, it is what clouds this miraculous awareness. – Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to practice Aparigraha / non-grasping with our actions. Today we will take action without making expectations of a particular outcome. Need some ideas? Sometimes we do nice things for others, hoping for a particular result and we then end up disappointed if the other person does not react how we planned. Try today to not hold expectations for another person’s behavior. Or perhaps set aside a few hours to relax, or enjoy time with loved ones, or just go for a drive without a pre-set agenda, and see where life takes you!

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Brahmacharya (Moderation): May 2023 Yoga Challenge

Happy May 28, 2023 – Brahmacharya (Moderation)

Happy Saturday Yogis! We are continuing on with weaving practice of each of the Yamas into our day. Last time we practiced the fourth of the Yamas – Brahmacharya / Moderation with choosing the middle path in any area of our lives. Today we will be more specific with our moderation .. this is one of my favorite Brahmacharya practices, and I am super thrilled this one lands on a weekend for our intro challenges ๐Ÿ™‚

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There is no WiFi in the forest, but I promise youโ€™ll find a better connection, – Unknown

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to practice Brahmacharya / Moderation with our electronics and social media. Perhaps try an Unplugged Weekend with no electronics! Social media may be a useful tool to keep in touch with friends and family, especially in this isolating time. However, social media does not make us happy, and it can also distance us from the people we are spending time with. Many of us spend WAY too much time on our phones. It is the weekend, so many of us are off of work today. If you can, practice Brahmacharya with your phone and especially with social media, and enjoy your time with your loved ones this weekend. Perhaps encourage the entire household to spend a few hours “off the grid.” Or, go all out today with a full digital detox!

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Asteya (Non-Stealing): May 2023 Yoga Challenge

Happy May 26, 2023 – Asteya (Non-Stealing)

Happy Friday Yogis! We are staying sync-ed up with our 30 Day Challenge group, and today is Asteya or Non-Stealing Day. Last time we practiced the positive version of the third of the Yamas – Asteya / non-stealing with an act of generosity, but today we will take it a step further and examine non-stealing.

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Balance is not something you find, itโ€™s something you create. – Jana Kingsford

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to actively practice Asteya / non-stealing. Need ideas for how to practice non-stealing?

This is going to be similar to our Satya practice from yesterday, and we should reflect on areas of our life where we may be acting a bit selfishly or taking advantage of a situation. If you are taking a lot of assistance or time from a particular person but not giving much in return, reflect on that and consider how you can make the situation more fair. Or, examine a situation where you have been taking more than giving, express gratitude, and see how you can make things more balanced and take better care of those who take care of you. Examine areas where you can focus a bit more Asteya, and express that however it feels right to you.

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Satya (Truthfulness): May 2023 Yoga Challenge

Happy May 25, 2023 – Satya (Truthfulness)

Happy Thursday Yogis! Today isย Satya or Truthfulness Day! We are staying synced up with ourย 30 Day Challengeย group. We are continuing on with weaving practice of each of theย Yamasย into our day. Last time we practiced the second of theย Yamasย withย a kind truth, but today we will examine and practice from a different angle.

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The thing that is really hard and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning to work on becoming yourself. – Anna Quindlen

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Todayโ€™s Daily Yogi Practice is to actively exercise Satya / Truthfulness with ourselves. Need ideas? It can be big or small.

This usually means examining mindsets, practices, or people in our life that may not be serving us. For example, maybe you are like me and should really examine eating less candy and more veggies. Or maybe you have other unhealthy practices like smoking, or a medical issue you have been putting off getting examined. Perhaps you have โ€œfriendsโ€ who cut you down to bring themselves up or consistently take but never offer support.

We usually know deep down what truths we need to acceptโ€ฆ perhaps meditate to allow these thoughts to come up. Accepting difficult truths is a big step, and do not push yourself to do anything until you are ready. But, if you decide you are up for it, plan a course of action to resolve what you had been avoiding.

Please remember this can be a difficult practice, so be gentle with yourself!

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Ahimsa (Non-Harming): May 2023 Yoga Challenge

Happy May 25, 2023 – Ahimsa (Non-Harming)

Happy Wednesday Yogis! We are restarting the Limbs of Yoga for our daily positive practices with the first of the YamasAhimsa or non-harming. We also have a 30 Day Challenge continuing, so we will stay linked up with the challenge group. Our last Ahimsa Day we practiced with a random act of kindness, but today we will focus on practicing non-harming.

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The more we practice nonviolence in our words, thoughts and actions the more peaceful will be our inner state. – Amit Ray

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Todayโ€™s Daily Yogi Practice is to actively exercise Ahimsa / Non-Harming today.

Need ideas for Ahimsa practice today? It can be big or small. We should strive to exercise Non-Harming with our thoughts, words and/or actions.

For actions, you can avoid killing a bug you find in the house, and instead use a cup and paper or cardboard to carry outside. Perhaps drive compassionately if you have to drive today. Maybe refrain from letting your temper get the best of you and stay kind throughout a difficult interaction.. this will probably be non-harming in both words and actions. Keep in your mind and try to follow โ€œif you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all.โ€ Or, to practice Ahimsa with our thoughts, try to stay positive today with yourself, and notice and stop yourself from any negative self-talk.

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May 2023 Yoga Challenge: Hydration and Ayurveda

Happy May 23, 2023 – Hydration and Ayurveda

Happy Tuesday Yogis! National Hydration Day was in the middle of my first month of entries, which is now my 30 Day Intro Challenge. I am glad to revisit this during the year, because I always forget to prioritize this! I have mentioned that I love resolutions, and โ€œdrink more waterโ€ has been at the top of my New Yearsโ€™ Resolutions list every year for at least 20 years. I also love holidays and any reason to celebrate, so I hope you all enjoy recognizing some of these random national and international holidays.

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Today we will focus on hydration again before restarting our 8 Limbed Yoga practices, since I personally DO need to revisit my resolution to drink more water and many of you may also struggle with this. So, maybe this is the key to my finally keeping my resolution to drink more water.. roundabout method, but yay! I also completed my Ayurveda Continuing Education, so I am covering both since they do have some correlations.

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Todayโ€™s Daily Yogi Practice is to track, evaluate, and possibly increase your hydration levels. If you are like me and need help with this, maybe get a new water bottle to keep water with you and help track oz you drink during the day. If you have a favorite bottle already, perhaps try the Ulla clip which will blink to remind you if you have not drunk for a while (thanks to SEB for this tip!). Try adding fruit, mint, tea, cucumber, etc to your water if that encourages you to drink more during the day. Or perhaps try an app like Drink Water – Daily Reminder (free version is fine) to help with tracking and pop-up reminders, and a tool for personalized recommended oz of water per day.

Ayurveda – Morning Routine

Ayurveda recommends a daily morning self-care routine. First morning ritual practices in Ayurveda are typically self-care and cleanliness focused. I tried this practice during my Ayurveda training, but have recently stopped some of the morning practices or practice less than daily. This is something I want to revisit, and am revisiting Tongue Scraping, water before coffee, and a morning positivity & motivation meditation and sun salutations, which takes about 20 minutes on average. I am keeping oil pulling with coconut oil and a couple other self-care items to every couple of days.

If you want to try a new Ayurvedic practice, perhaps add a couple of these to your morning routine and see what you think!


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May 2023 Yoga Challenge: Asanas (Poses): Sun Salutations – Adho Mukha Svanasana & Shisulasana

Happy May 22, 2023 – Adho Mukha Svanasana & Shisulasana

Happy Monday Yogis! As our 30 Day Challenge group is working on a detailed breakdown of each of the poses in the Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutations Series, we will review these Asanas along with our challengers. Or, if you prefer, you can practice a twisted/sister version of each pose during this series. Today is the last day of this series!

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Sun Salutations Asana – Adho Mukha Svanasana / Downward Facing Dog
Twisted/Sister Asana – Shisulasana / Dolphin Pose

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Shisulasana – Dolphin Pose

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Todayโ€™s Daily Yogi Practice is to go “back to basics” with either Adho Mukha Svanasana / Downward Facing Dog or Shisulasana / Dolphin Pose. If you want to begin to work on inversions, Shisulasana / Dolphin Pose toe-taps is a great beginner exercise to build arm and core strength!

PS next month to start our second year of Daily Yogi, we will have another meditation month, followed by Advanced Asanas in July! I am back to working arm strength and splits during June to prep for July, so I strongly recommend working some dolphin taps if you want to prep for a more challenging July with me!

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May 2023 Yoga Challenge: Asanas (Poses): Sun Salutations – Bhujangasana & Salamba Bhujangasana

Happy May 21, 2023 – Bhujangasana & Salamba Bhujangasana

Good morning Yogis! As our 30 Day Challenge group is working on a detailed breakdown of each of the poses in the Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutations Series, we will review these Asanas along with our challengers. Or, if you prefer, you can practice a twisted/sister version of each pose during this series!

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Sun Salutations Asana – Bhujangasana / Cobra Pose (including Snake Pose below)
Twisted/Sister Asana – Salamba Bhujangasana – Sphinx Pose

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Salamba Bhujangasana – Sphinx Pose

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Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Todayโ€™s Daily Yogi Practice is to go “back to basics” with either Bhujangasana / Cobra Pose or Salamba Bhujangasana – Sphinx Pose. If you are a new Yogi, I recommend sticking with Bhujangasana / Cobra Pose rather than the full Urdhva Mukha Svanasana / Upward Facing Dog expression of the pose. Be careful working into backbends if these are new to you!

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Gemini Season 2023 – Partner Yoga & Temple Pose

Happy May 20, 2023 – Partner Yoga & Temple Pose

Good morning Yogis! Our Challengers are taking a break from the Sun Salutations pose breakdown for Sitali Pranayama, a cooling breath we covered on the Summer Solstice! If it is as cold as it is in the Colorado mountains today (we have snow for another month!) you may want to try a warming Pranayama such as Bellows Breath again today!

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Temple Pose

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Today is the start of Gemini Season – Happy Birthday Gemini Yogis! PS I am a Gemini (sun sign) so this is a special one for me! We will cover an Asana today inspired by Gemini – Temple Pose. Remember that Gemini is twins, so I also want to introduce Partner Yoga! Asanas for a pair of Yogis range from beginner poses like Temple Pose or Lean-On-Me featured today, up to advanced Acro Yoga for two!

Todayโ€™s Daily Yogi Practice is to try Temple Pose Asana (alone or with a friend) or Partner Yoga inspired by the start of Gemini Season!

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Temple Pose

This Asana can be performed solo – against against a wall to still get the ‘Lean-On-Me’ effect, or with hands on hips. I recommend trying solo with hands on hips BEFORE trying as a pair!

You will enter this pose by standing with your legs a bit further than hip-distance apart. Lean forward until your torso is parallel to the floor. Keep shoulders down and back, and keep hips and legs aligned. Hold for 30-60 seconds. To come out solo, tighten your core and stand back up.

If you are performing with a partner, start with hands on each other’s shoulder’s using for support but NOT weight, and slowly walk back into the pose. To come out as a pair, step a bit further back to avoid bumping heads, and come into a forward fold.

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May 2023 Yoga Challenge: Asanas (Poses): Sun Salutations – Chaturanga Dandasana & Dandasana

Happy May 19, 2023 – Chaturanga Dandasana & Dandasana

Good morning Yogis! As our 30 Day Challenge group is working on a detailed breakdown of each of the poses in the Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutations Series, we will review these Asanas along with our challengers. Or, if you prefer, you can practice a twisted/sister version of each pose during this series!

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Sun Salutations Asana – Chaturanga Dandasana / Four-Limbed Staff Pose
Twisted/Sister Asana – Dandasana – Staff Pose

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Chaturanga Dandasana – Four-Limbed Staff Pose

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Dandasana – Staff Pose

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Todayโ€™s Daily Yogi Practice is to go “back to basics” with either Chaturanga Dandasana / Four-Limbed Staff Pose or Dandasana – Staff Pose. Either of these Asanas are great foundations for Yoga Workouts – see Chaturanga Dandasana / Four-Limbed Staff Pose for arm workout and Dandasana – Staff Pose for glute workout!

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May 2023 Yoga Challenge: Asanas (Poses): Sun Salutations – Phalakasana & Purvottanasana

Happy May 18, 2023 – Phalakasana & Purvottanasana

Good morning Yogis! As our 30 Day Challenge group is working on a detailed breakdown of each of the poses in the Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutations Series, we will review these Asanas along with our challengers. Or, if you prefer, you can practice a twisted/sister version of each pose during this series!

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Sun Salutations Asana – Phalakasana / Plank Pose
Twisted/Sister Asana – Purvottanasana / Reverse Plank

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Phalakasana – Plank Pose Variation

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Purvottanasana – Reverse Plank Pose

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Todayโ€™s Daily Yogi Practice is to go “back to basics” with either Phalakasana / Plank Pose or Purvottanasana / Reverse Plank. Either of these Asanas are great foundations for Yoga Workouts – see Phalakasana / Plank Pose for arm workout and Purvottanasana / Reverse Plank for glute workout!

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