Posted by: Bruce Black | March 15, 2018

Day 11 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Each time I step on my mat, I find myself grateful for my body’s ability to sustain me–to balance on one leg, to bend and twist and grow into a new version of myself–and that sense of gratitude extends beyond my mat to the life that I live–to the people who make my life so rich with wonder and love, to the world itself filled with such beauty, to the mystery of the universe. How has your practice inspired you to feel gratitude? Write: 15 minutes

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Posted by: Bruce Black | March 14, 2018

Day 10 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“Balancing hopes, desires and an appreciation of the possibilities with a clear-eyed assessment of the limitations: that is the art of choosing.” — Sheena Iyengar

The more I practice yoga, the more skillfully I’ve learned how to make choices between actions that are beneficial versus those that are detrimental to my health and well-being–when to push harder, when to pull back; when to test limits, when to accept limits. How has your yoga practice helped you learn to become more skillful in the art of choosing? Write: 15 min.

Here’s a link to Sheena Iyengar’s website, if you’d like to explore her ideas about the art of choosing: https://sheenaiyengar.com/the-art-of-choosing/

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 13, 2018

Day 9 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“When you are here and now, sitting totally, not jumping ahead, the miracle has happened. To be in the moment is the miracle.” — Osho

Isn’t it interesting how practicing yoga can help bring us into greater awareness of the present moment? How does this happen? And how does the awareness that you develop while on your mat influence the way that you live your life? Write: 15 minutes

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 12, 2018

Day 8 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” –Goethe

Have you noticed if practicing yoga has increased your ability to trust yourself? Make a list of five things that you trust yourself to do now in ways that are different than before you practiced yoga. Then choose one of those things on your list and explore how yoga helped you deepen your ability to trust yourself. Write: 15 minutes

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 11, 2018

Day 7 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” — Sylvia Plath

Listen to your breath. Feel it rising from your diaphragm into your lungs, pressing against the back of your throat, swirling through your nose and into the air around you. How does your yoga practice make you more aware of your breath? What happens when you notice your breath? Write: 15 minutes.

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 10, 2018

Day 6 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

Let’s do something a little different today: take a moment to re-read the entries that you’ve made in your journal over the past five days. Is there a sentence that you’ve written that pops off the page and strikes you as true? Or perhaps there’s a word that keeps appearing, like a bell ringing, making you aware of something that you hadn’t noticed before writing it down (something about your practice or about the way you’re living your life)? Use your own words–one sentence or one bell-like word–to guide you deeper into your practice. Let your own inner teacher show you the way. Write: 15 minutes.
Posted by: Bruce Black | March 9, 2018

Day 5 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“If you are facing a new challenge or being asked to do something that you have never done before, don’t be afraid to step out. You have more capability than you think you do, but you will never see it unless you place a demand on yourself for more.”–Joyce Meyer

What yoga pose do you find the most challenging … and what makes it so difficult? And how does your practice help you approach such a challenge (or a pose that you’ve never done before)? #Write: 15 min

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 8, 2018

Day 4 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” — Deepak Chopra

How does your yoga practice help you expand into the fullness of who you are, to see the possibilities of who you might become? #Write: 15 minutes

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 7, 2018

Day 3 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” — Jodi Picoult

The world can be a crazy and dangerous place, and our anxiety can play a large part in our lives and in how we respond to whatever life brings us. What happens on your mat that helps reduce your sense of anxiety and brings you into a different place–a place of safety, calm, and peace? #Write: 15 min.

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 6, 2018

Day 2 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“The heart of most spiritual practices is simply this: Remember who you are. Remember what you love. Remember what is sacred. Remember what is true. Remember that you will die and that this day is a gift. Remember how you wish to live.”–Wayne Muller

Sometimes we lose sight of who we are, of our dreams, of what we love to do, and who we love. But each time we step onto our mat, yoga can help us remember. How does yoga inspire you to remember what’s important? #Write: 15 min.

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