My intent for the month of November is to “fill my cup”. This is a way of saying that when I practice, it will be for myself. When I sit on my mat, I will breathe deeply and connect to all the things that will nourish my spirit for that day, and I will promise to provide that for myself.

As a Forrest Yoga teacher, I test my sequences before unleashing them on my students. I have found that, because of this, the days when I practice a new class, I don’t really do the practice. I run through the sequence constantly thinking of my students- how they’ll feel in each pose, what I can cue, anything related to teaching. I’m not in the moment practicing for myself, so I never “fill my cup”.

So here is my challenge/goal/intent for November and beyond. To make my morning practice a ceremony again. To provide myself with the space for nourishment and growth. I give so much energy to my classes and to the rest of the world, that when I forget to take care of myself, everything else becomes much harder. When my cup is full, I can commit to new things. I can immerse myself into everything that each day has to offer.

This is my pledge. This will be my ritual. Please join if you’d like. All it requires is some self reflection and asking the hard questions “What do I want today?”, “What will nourish my spirit?”.

As the airline industry says, “Please put on your own oxygen mask before helping others”, or as RuPaul likes to say, “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love someone else?”