May passed in a whirlwind of activity and changes. Locket and I drove to Texas for my final final intensive at The San Marcos School of Yoga. I turned forty-eight years old. I packed up the house and studio and met the moving truck. Locket and I drove back to Colorado. Kelly and I celebrated our 20-year wedding anniversary. The moving truck unloaded our things and I have been unpacking and reorganizing my belongings. In the midst of that, I said many good-byes, taught a lot of yoga, gave several interviews, spent more time socializing than I have in ages, and managed to paddle my kayak a few times, plant a garden, ride my bike, and take a few hikes with my dog.
And, as I result of this last month, I am five days into my new practice--The After-lunch Lie-Down. This is a simple practice, really. The protocol goes as follows: Eat lunch, clean up and then lie down. That is pretty much it. No phone, no book, no TV, just lie down. Sleep or not. Enjoy it or not. No matter. Just lie-the-eff-down.
I recommend a bed or a reclining chair, where you are unlikely to be disturbed, but any horizontal surface will do. In fact, you could do this practice on a yoga mat and it would fulfill the #yogaeverydamnday requirement, to which so many people feel beholden. I set a timer for thirty minutes and stay horizontal the whole time. So far, I have had no trouble completing the entire period. Once, I even stayed for a full hour. Another day, I did ninety minutes. Locket often joins me, making the time even more enjoyable.
I used to think that with all the therapy, spiritual practice and inner work, my Type-A, slightly-compulsive, competency-driven personality would somehow fall to the wayside, revealing a laid-back, go-with-the-flow kind of person who could relax into the rythms of life with equanimity and equipoise. Well, anyone who knows me knows that outcome has yet to manifest. Now, I mostly endeavor to stop fighting my tendencies and put them to use in my own favor.
See, as a fiery-pitta type, I don’t just rest. I kick rest’s ass. I make a plan. I set a timer. I put it on a list. I make it a thing. I get my dog involved. I write a blog entry about it.
So, there you go.
This is what it has come to, friends. I turned 48-years old and adopted a napping practice.
Maybe I could start an instagram challenge. #naptime #napeverydamnday
Maybe Sleep Number beds would sponsor it or those groovy mats with crystals in them. I suppose we would also need some kind of special pillow to optimize results. Maybe an eye-wrap of some kind and certainly, the essential oils folks could get in on this game. We could have a Spotify playlist for the #bestmusicfornapping. We could have a festival, or at least an online summit of some kind to share how awesome it is to actually stop and lie down.
So many possibilities.
But all that planning makes me tired.
I need a nap.
For those of you still reading and interested in my next online program, check out the details on Finding Depth in the Basics: Techniques for Napping Well. Oh, no. that is not it— we are going to focus on forward bends and hip work this summer. Our first meeting is June 14th and registration is open.
Working on the basic poses is not “easy” or even “beginner-oriented” in this course. We are exploring the depth of attention, focus and precision that can come in and through building block poses and principles. If you like Asana Junkies you will like the strong asana-oriented focus of this course. If you stayed away from Asana junkies because you hated the name or it was too advanced or intimidating, this course is a great one to join. Nothing showy or big, just good old-fashioned work on the basics in good company.
Oh-- and for those of you who asked me about my November Asana Intensive at Mt Princeton Hot Springs, the housing information is now posted online.
More soon. (Once I wake up.)
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