JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 311 :: choosing

14 Nov

Day 311: The Stretch.

This year I chose yoga every damn day. You would think I would be all stretched out by now. In so many ways, I am not. I am tighter. I am stiffer. I am not so stretchy. I am a bit disappointed.

I asked Jill, my resident yoga expert, about this tonight and she reminded me of something important. The chatter.

There is so much chatter in the brain, or at least there was for me when I first started doing yoga. As a newbie yogi, I watched the clock. I counted the time. I watched the instructors every move. I mimicked the instructors every move. I watched the people next to me. I mimicked the people next to me. I noticed what others were wearing. I compared it to what I was wearing. I kept track of who did poses better than me. I kept track of how many poses I could do better than others. I let my eyes drift. I let my mind wonder. And then it started all over again. With each pose.

This is the chatter.

And then, somewhere along the lines of a longer yoga practice (months or years for some, decades for others), the chatter turns off. The clock melts away. The other mats don’t matter so much. The instructor becomes a guide to the adventure, not just an exact statue to copycat. The chatter fades away into the pose. Holding the pose and being inside the pose. And this… THIS… is when you begin to feel it. Your body.

Because when you give up the chatter, you start to live in your body.

I can say that I fully feel my body now. Instead of the distraction of the chatter. Jill reminded me of this tonight. And maybe that’s why I don’t feel quite so stretched out, or flexible, or nimble. Or advanced. Because I am now paying attention to my own muscles, legs, arms, feet, hands, fingers, toes — each and every one. Noticing everything about them, what they can do and how far they can go.

It’s a good reminder, really. The deeper we go the more aware we become.

Namaste, Stretchy-ness. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{stretching?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 310 :: a world of kindness

12 Nov

Day 309: now.

Here’s a random thought…..tomorrow is World Kindness Day. Seems appropriate on so many levels. Including the fact that tomorrow the Patriots play the Seahawks. We are all learning to be good sports about it in this part of the world, being the transplants that we are – and yet, staying loyal to the team we love. I think it’s a good lesson.


How can we be kinder? Nothing random about that.
Namaste, kindness. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{kind}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 309 :: and then there were two

11 Nov

Day 309: Home.

I am home. And there are at least two little guys happy to see me. There’s something so wonderful about a tail wagging when you open the door. Make that two tails.

Namaste, Home. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{wag}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 308 :: chic-ago

10 Nov

Day 308: Night Night.

Thanks for a great trip Chicago – I’m off on a jet plane in the morning, but will be taking a piece of you home with me.


It’s hard to do yoga on the road, but I still show up (in little bits and pieces).

Namaste, Chitown. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{waving goodbye}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 307 :: choosing love

9 Nov

Day 307: and action.

I was inspired by this simple image today:

Namaste, LOVE. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
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Jamie

{love is action}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 306 :: and then….

8 Nov

Day 306: sill waiting.

I’m going to bed.
Namaste, Election. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
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Jamie

{too late}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 305 good day, good nightJAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 305 :: good day, good night

7 Nov

Day 305: So Chocolate.

I’m in Chitown, getting ready to chill. And I have a NEW favorite bedtime routine to test out: Good Day Chocolates.

My friend Simeon is part of the team that started this company, and I was so thrilled to find them smiling back at me at my neighborhood Whole Foods this week.

What could be better than chocolate that helps you calm down or sleep?
Good day? How about great day, I say. Or night, as it turns out.

So I am tucking myself in, hoping to wake up tomorrow and have this long political nightmare over. And, as I go to bed, I remember, we are more alike than we realize. All of us. We want more of the same things than we let on. We share it all, this thing called life. So…. how about a little more kindness to all.

Or… a chocolate chill pill? (I’ve got one if you need one.)

Namaste, chocolate. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

P.S. Yoga done for the night!

{chill time}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 304 :: turning the corner

6 Nov

Day 304: Inside.

Daylight savings has begun. And sleeping in for one extra hour feels like Christmas morning, maybe even better than Christmas morning.

It seems that everything is turning a corner now. The election will soon be over. Fall is finishing her falling. Winter is on her way.


And I am learning new and wonderful powers that have always been inside of me waiting to come out — namely my core. It’s getting stronger bit by bit. It doesn’t really show on the outside. You couldn’t tell from my skin or my clothes. Maybe that’s because it lives on the inside?

Tonight in my hot yin yoga class, the instructor made a comment that we were “working in” instead of “working out.”

And I kind of like that. It is, after all, what’s on the inside that counts.

Namaste, insides. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{insides}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 303 :: looking for rainbows

5 Nov

Day 303: Rainy days.

It’s been raining all day. It’s still raining. So I thought it was appropriate to share this.


Maybe there will be a rainbow in the morning?

Namaste, rain. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{looking}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 302 :: jump back

4 Nov

Day 302: baby steps.

Today I did something new. I jumped back. Like…. literally, I jump my body back out of a yoga pose into plank pose. It’s a revelation. It’s new. It’s surprising because I’ve never been able to do it before.

But, then, I did DO it. It just happened. Without even thinking about it.


It all has me thinking about my brain. That thing in my head that tells me I can and I can’t.

Namaste, brain. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{think}
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