Getting started in yoga practice, like anything worthwhile, takes EFFORT!

Here's what helps me:

1.  Set an intention the night before.  Say, "I will get up and practice.....  Then, place your yoga mat next to your bed.

2.  Next Day - Step on your yoga mat.  That is a great start!  If you are still tired, then lie down for a few minutes, and focus on your breathing...set your timer.  Then try one or two poses that you enjoy! Stick to the time you have allotted.  Do what you can.  Build your practice slowly, but surely.

3.  Do first two steps again the next day, and before you know it, you will have a daily practice!

4.  Consider signing up for a yoga class...it can support your practice!

Yogically speaking, Yoga is a Practice, or Sadhana,  "a means of accomplishing something."  Just begin somewhere, now...

Light tomorrow with today. — Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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AuthorDonna Furmanek

Yes, I have teachers, too!  A teacher is always a student.  There is no shortage of Yoga literature and guidebooks today.  And I know how important it is to have a home practice.  But, a teacher or mentor is someone who holds a mirror to you, so you have a clearer vision of yourself.  

 I seek out teachers who also continue to practice and study yoga.  Yoga is "skill in action."  To maintain a skill, we need to keep "sharpening the saw."    My teachers challenge me:  physically, mentally, spiritually.  They inspire me to become the best version of myself.  And, that takes work!  

So, here is to all of my inspiring teachers:  Kathleen M. Wright, Patrina Dobish, Kim Schwartz, Laurie Blakeney, Lois Steinberg, Gabriel Halpern, Geeta Iyengar, Abhijata Iyengar.  

And here is to my yoga students, my greatest teachers, who help me see what I need to learn.

Thank you!

 

 

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AuthorDonna Furmanek

We all have to begin somewhere!  My journey into the world of yoga began in the early 1980's with a television program called "To Life!" on PBS.  My sister introduced me to the program.  Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 10:00-10:30pm, I practiced with Priscilla Patrick on PBS (there was no Internet then!)   I ordered her video and book and began to develop my own practice.  Later, after a neck injury and rehab through physical therapy, I found another resource, "Richard Hittleman's 28 Day Yoga."  I followed the plan each day, and it helped me with my body, as well as feelings of depression due to life circumstances.  At the right time and right place, I decided to take my first teacher training.  I learned that yoga was a philosophy, a way of life, a science and an art.  I learned that it could help you feel better, if you worked at it.    Since then, I have completed 8 yoga teacher trainings and ayurvedic studies.  I continue to study, learn, practice, and teach.   Yoga has made a difference in my life on all levels - physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually!  

Yes, Yoga Can Make a Difference!

 

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AuthorDonna Furmanek

 

I finally took down the Christmas lights!  Spring is here!  Spring, to me, is refreshing and bold.  Despite our daily struggles, distractions and busyness, the new change of spring scenery focuses our attention.  We may pause to look at a bright, colorful flower, and stand in awe as a tree begins to blossom.   Feelings of hope and appreciation of beauty may inspire you.

That's nice.  But, WIIFM (What's In It For Me?)  Well.  Start small, like a little seed.  Do one thing that will develop a positive change in your mind, body and spirit.  Be patient as it takes time for us to grow, change and renew.  Some changes may take longer than others.  For me, I am going to drink more water!  Nothing earth shattering, but something that will take more effort on my part.  One glass of water for each organ of the body - a toast to my heart, my brain, my kidney's, etc.! 

Do something refreshing...and be bold!  I can't tell you what that is.  But I will encourage you to take a little time to think and ponder on it.  And then, in time, someone may just pause as they witness the newness of you begin to blossom!

 

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AuthorDonna Furmanek