Week Two: Vitality
vi·tal·i·ty | noun
the power giving continuance of life, present in all living things.
Week Two challenged me. I had one of my worst practices to date. I couldn't get out of my head, and it felt like I wouldn't be able to stay in any of the poses. The morning after said practice, my grandmother passed away. Ironically, the theme of Week Two was vitality; a word that means life. As I thought about what it means to be alive, I was reminded just how easily we can lose it.
WEEK TWO COMMITMENT: 30 MINUTES a day, 6 days a week
I did not practice yoga as much as I was "supposed to" during Week Two. Instead of practicing six of the week's seven days, I practiced three. The practices I had were great and made me feel strong; I simply felt lazy the other half of the time and couldn't get myself to show Up.
WEEK TWO COMMITMENT: 10 MINUTES TWICE A DAY
The meditation component of this journey to personal revolution is proving to be difficult for me, despite the awesome meditation space I created for myself in my apartment (see above). I am, however, beginning to look at meditation in a new way. I understand now that I don't have to be sitting in a perfect cross-legged position with candles and incense burning around me to do it; sometimes, meditation is simply stepping back, breathing, and sitting alone with my thoughts for a minute or two. (Turns out, you can even meditate at work.)
There are no specific "rules" around our food intake at this point in the program, but Baron Baptiste's suggestion for Week Two, Vitality, is to try and eat as many whole, fresh foods as possible. Instead, I took to eating way too many Pillsbury biscuits, too many Taco Bell soft tacos, and way too many pieces of chocolate. If you don't already know this about me, I struggle with self control around food. I'm working on it.
I am committed to stepping it Up in Week Three. In Week Two, I let a busy schedule and family emotions (though very, very valid) be an excuse not to take care of myself. I'm disappointed I didn't try harder to stick to the program, but all I can do now is shake it off and focus on what's ahead. I've got to let it go, as Elsa says. (Or let it be, if The Beatles are more your speed.)