Day 6.

You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may learn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk in water and live in fire;
But control of the mind is better and more difficult.
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi

Day 6 of 40 days of yoga felt a bit like day 6, 7 and maybe 8, all rolled into one hot, long day.

Everyone is a bit tired  – we are all going to bed late because the nights are hot, and waking up at the same old silly o’clock.

I woke up with a determination to sort out and prioritise my life (just a soft little goal to start the day with). I don’t want to spend my time doing things that I don’t need or want to do; if I am over-committed in an area, then I want to release myself from some of those commitments; and I want to be directing my energy more appropriately. By which I mean if something is up the top of my list of importance, then that gets the most energy directed towards it. My Top 5 Very Important Things in My Life Right Now are: (do you love my clunky ridiculous headings? I do 🙂 )

  1. Family and Loved Ones. Always.
  2. Paid Work and
  3. 40 Days of Yoga
  4. Studying and
  5. Writing

As you may have guessed from my sophisticated sorting device, 2 and 3 are of equal importance, as are 4 and 5. There are some other things underneath, like volunteer activities,  community groups etc., which are falling into the obligation pile at the moment – in that I feel obliged to do them, but I resent it.

Resentment: noun sourness, hostility, sullenness, bitterness, anger.

Breeds: stiff neck, frozen shoulders, tightness, rigidity, pain.

Solution: 40 Days of Yoga 🙂

In Rodney Yee’s wonderful book Yoga the Poetry of the Body, he uses twists to overcome resistance, first in the body and then in the mind. Resistance, pause, breath, space, movement, resistance. Those six little words describe exactly the cycle of resistance that we all experience. Ideally this should be a flowing experience, although I think I might get stuck a little too long in the resistance part of the cycle :).

Eckhart Tolle says:

Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.


Resistance, pause, breath, space, movement…resistance

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  1. I’m up! Right now is the only time I will have today to do this. I like your “top 5 Very Important Things In Your Life Right Now” list and also your prioritization method. Reading your blog is a joy. Love the quotes; they are perfect. Resistance is futile. 🙂


  2. I’ve been following your yoga journey, and should have commented much sooner Sara… but for all the crazy, busy stuff that I’ve been doing. I’ve missed three blog posts myself this week, never happened before. Reading some of your posts about making time, being mindful, honoring what you like to do vs what you don’t like to do (I went thru’ a long gardening phase, and then realized I don’t love it… I do like the zen of it, but need a smaller garden) makes me stop and think about how I’ve let some things go all wonky recently. I need to get back to grounding things. I’ve practiced yoga for 16+ years now, and just in the past few months stopped, due to knee problems. I’m having one of the knees fixed tomorrow, and hope to be back on the mat in a couple of months. I miss the breathing most, and the flow… the way my yoga teacher ties the movements to a greater idea. I’m really, really impressed that you are doing this at home! I never pulled that off consistently. Bravo! Love, love, love the Thurman quote; so very true! Enjoy the journey. Namaste.


    • How lovely that you have found the time to comment, i really enjoy hearing from you! Isn’t it interesting how find ourselves doing things (sometimes for a really long time) that we just don’t like. Not that I am a complete hedonist only interested in doing things that are fun ;). As for a home practice – well right now is the longest consecutive home practice I have ever had! I love a good class too, and I will definitely go back to a class one day, but at the present it’s just not feasible. Also, it’s really interesting to do yoga just for me, instead of a general class. Good luck with your knee! Namaste.


    • I know, right. The yoga of life 🙂 It’s good to know it’s all just a cycle, and soon we will be flowing on to the next part, and the next.
      Have a wonderful holiday Lis xxx Sara


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