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Go to Class!

I wish I were this cute when I have the slugs
I wish I were this cute when I have the slugs

Holiday deadlines, moving apartments… I lost my yoga practice somewhere in the transition between neighborhoods and seasons. It was hard to commit to class cards just before the move, and easy to let the price of a drop-in class become an excuse. (But selling furniture did increase the frequency of home practice! Ah, space.)

Even though many teachers remind us that most yoga happens off the mat, I could recognize the obvious symptoms of asana withdrawal. Crankiness, inefficiency, insomnia, heaviness, depression… (it is December, after all). But somehow the days kept going by without class… important things kept coming up. You know, email.

Finally, I made a decision. I’d signed up for the free week at YogaWorks Soho back during Yoga Week, but never made it there. I said OK YOU’RE GOING THERE, it’s a beautiful studio, stop trying to pick the perfect post-move place. I looked at the schedule, and spotted a friendly face: Aarona Pichinson. She’s a great teacher, and it was a level 2/3 class so I knew I could modify down for my sluggish sleepy body. Done. Decided. No backing down.

It was just what I needed, and I couldn’t believe how happy I was later. Work worries? Seasonal depression? Eh, it’ll pass! No big deal! Hey neighbor!

Anyways, I thought people could probably relate and so I just wanted to give a little push: GO TO CLASS!!! If you’re stuck in the muck, just think about a class you’ve enjoyed in the past and go see that teacher again! Anything’s better than the slugs.

Gold Star for You, Kid

How do you keep your practice schedule organized? For me, pen and paper never gets old. And this week I made it into full color:

Mastery of Space and Time
Mastery of Space and Time

That’s my newly-encircled calendar. It’s just an ugly wall calendar from the office supply store that I like because of the weird to-do forms at the top of each page. I was getting overwhelmed with the exercise/ice routine recommended by my PT, on top of my yoga practice, on top of trying to build a meditation practice. I am not a robot and it’s hard to remember to do six exercise routines a day. And floss my teeth.

So, my calendar sat there, and finally BEGGED for some doodling. Blue circles are for meditation. Yellow is for yoga. The black boxes are for icing and strengthening my knee (twice daily). Then I write everything else in red so it pops forward.

I figured I’d show this at the beginning of the month while it looks all perfect. Already the checking off of boxes is giving me great satisfaction and motivation. My inner six-year-old takes over scheduling from now on. Maybe I can get my sister the first grade teacher to give me some stickers…

GTD! The 10 Motivations

I just finished a really strange book called Think and Grow Rich. If you can get past the title, there are some powerful thoughts inside. I kept hearing about it from various blogs and teachers, so I finally gave it a chance.

Author Napoleon Hill was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie (in 1908) to interview over 500 successful people of the time to discover their secrets of success. This twenty-year project culminated in “The Philosophy of Achievement,” which Hill used as the basis for his career as a consultant and lecturer. Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, consolidated his philosophy and sparked the “motivational literature” genre. It’s a bizarre combination of business, self-help, and psychological advice plus new age (and kind of yogic) teachings.

One thing I keep coming back to is its list of “The 10 Mind Stimuli.” I’m always looking for that exhilaration or enthusiasm that helps in GTD, and this list brings in a few sources I hadn’t considered…

The 10 Mind Stimuli

The human mind responds to stimuli through which it may be ‘keyed up’ to high rates of vibration, known as enthusiasm, creative imagination, intense desire, etc. The stimuli to which the mind responds most freely are:

  1. Desire for sex
  2. Love
  3. Desire for fame, power, financial gain, money
  4. Music
  5. Friendship (same or opposite sex)
  6. Master Mind alliances (defined as those based on harmony of two or more people pursuing spiritual or temporal advancement)
  7. Mutual suffering
  8. Autosuggestion
  9. Fear
  10. Drugs and alcohol

Eight of these stimuli are natural and constructive. Two are destructive. The list is here presented to enable you to make a comparative study of the major sources of mind stimulation. From this study, it will be readily seen that the emotion of sex is, by great odds, the most intense and powerful of all mind stimuli.

See what I mean? It’s a little racy for a business guy. But interesting. (Fear is stronger than beer!) It groups a bunch of activities that I hadn’t really connected before using loud music to get off the couch, or finishing a project based on the jokes of a friend. Exits from slugville. Sublimation congregation.

I’m sure there are other energy sources, too. Meditation is one obvious omission. Food is another, especially all the great health food that wasn’t around in 1937, and I’d also include physical movements like dance or of course yoga. (Maybe this list is focused on mental energy more than physical.) Laughter might deserve its own category aside from friendship / “Master Mind” alliances, and inspirational literature could surely be added. Or maybe we could just keep ourselves focused on the greatest mental bang for our stimulatory buck, and stick with sex.

If you’ve read this book I would love to hear what you thought… or any other great motivations!