Whenever I heard “Yoga Every Damn Day” I always thought two things:
- Oh coooool, you’re such a badass that does yoga every single day.
- Is it really GOOD to do yoga every day? Don’t you get sore? Don’t you need some rest?
But going through teacher training has totally opened my eyes to a new viewpoint. Yoga and praticing yoga has a whole new meaning for me.
Yoga means unity.
Unity of self with higher self. Unity of your body and mind. Unity of breath to movement.
Yoga helps us be more in touch with our true selves and true purpose — regardless of your religion or politics. (Yoga is not a religion, its actually considered a science.) We work on this through meditation, being present, breathing, and other yogic practices.
The physical part of yoga was originally designed to prepare your body to sit in meditation for long periods of time. It has benefits of strength, flexibility some cardiovascular fitness as well, but that really is not the original purpose. In fact there are EIGHT limbs of yoga, as told by Patanjali around 400 CE. The poses (asanas) are only one of them!
So the “doing” of yoga doesn’t have to mean a vigorous power yoga class. It doesn’t have to mean impressive backbends and contorted arm balances every day. Some days what you need is just to sit and breathe. That’s what being in touch with yourself and your body means that day. Other days it means pushing your body to new limits — past your perceived boundaries and drawing on your strength — whatever that is for you.
Yoga “Every Damn Day” just means “using the tools of yoga to work towards becoming your truest self every damn day.” There’s not set of poses you have to do. There’s no length of time you have to “practice.” There’s no telling what you are going to need each day.
Try not to let your ego get in the way, as it so easily does. You don’t always have to be pushing and trying to do advanced poses. You just need to do what’s best for you each day. What is your body craving? What will bring you closer to your true self?
Do YOUR yoga every damn day!