For 2016 we are honoring a yogi from our community every month. This November we invited Brian Zucker Fuhr to demonstrate our pose, parsvakonasana or side-angle pose, and share his yoga journey. Namaste, Brian! We’re so inspired by your steady dedication to your practice
Ten months to the day.
That’s how long I’ve been practicing yoga.
I know because I began my practice on January 1st this year.
I committed to a 30-day challenge. I would practice yoga every day for 30 days.
Some New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick. This one did. I completed the challenge. I’ve been on the mat six days a week ever since. That day of rest rejuvenates me. I’m always excited to return to the studio.
The first month on the mat set the tone for my practice. Be curious. Not judgmental. Explore the asanas. Understand the purpose they serve. Do what feels right for me. Come back the next day.
The benefits have been profound. To borrow from yoga theory, they are both subtle and gross:
1. My body is more dynamic. I go deeper into poses. I hold them longer. My breathing is smoother. Transitions are more fluid. I am more courageous about new poses.
2. My mind is steadier. I am more present. My senses are more finely tuned. I experience things differently. And I respond more authentically.
This didn’t happen right away. It didn’t happen on a schedule. I’m at the beginning of a journey. There is more to come.
I’m so grateful to Yoga 216 for being part of my practice. Thank you.