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6/14/12 1:27 P

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Yes - I have read that it's good sometimes to approach practice with a "beginner's mind". I find that when I do that it takes me back to the basics which sometimes are forgotten.

And as we all know....sometimes the tree is there and sometimes it's not. And so it goes....

I also think you express very well that yoga is not all about the poses but goes much deeper than that.

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6/14/12 11:03 A

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reminds me of the day when I was into my billionth down dog (really that particular program does a ton :) and I'm all trying to focus and my almost 2 year old son crawls under me, rolls on his back to look up at me and says HI emphatically with a big grin. It totally trashed my focus and I nearly fell on him but it made me smile and realize that it is okay. Living life is part of yoga and today I may do a perfect boat and tomorrow my boat may better off sink but it is what it is.

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6/11/12 3:46 P

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I don't think I had this attitude 10 years ago when I was first starting out in yoga. My "failures" embarrassed me, and I was always looking around the room to see who noticed.

Then I got pretty good at it, and it was hard to train humbleness, because hey, I was pretty good at it.

Starting over from pretty much zero physically, but having the philosophy and meditative part still with me (even if somewhat untrained), is making this a much more enjoyable learning process. :-)

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6/11/12 3:39 P

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Oh, I have been there and done that. I needed your wonderful attitude that day. That said, you reminded about what I love about yoga as physical activity and philosophical perspective... whatever happens is what is meant to happen.

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6/11/12 3:31 P

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Sounds like a great practice to me Kelly, thanks for sharing! Especially the bit about your silent giggle ... I've been known to laugh out loud from time to time, most recently when one of my teachers invited us to yet another "lovely plank" in a week where I'd done a load of planks and was wondering if I could manage another. emoticon

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6/11/12 3:24 P

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I had a terrible practice today - and loved every minute of it!

I was stiffer than usual, but I was able to really work my flexibility with my breath and feel it working, and the softening effects of my exhale bringing me closer to where I normally am (which still isn't very flexible).

I was distracted, but each time I found my breath and my center, I used it as long as I could before it floated away in a rush of thoughts about my day.

I didn't have very good balance. I tipped over twice in tree pose (which is normally solid as, well, a tree for me). But each time I laughed silently at myself. Once, my teacher caught my eye and noticed my inward giggle and winked at me with a grin.

I didn't have much strength today; my boat was shaky, my warrior wasn't pretty, I couldn't even setup for headstand.... but I did my best, and worked hard for where I was today.

It was a pretty off day - but I was on my mat, sweating, stretching, breathing, and learning. I'm happy I was there, happy I'm not upset about it, and happy that I'm back on this road of yoga!! You know, there is something to be said about being a beginner for the second time!

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