After a tough week at work, my Sundays in Bombay are turning out to be well-planned days of sublime perfection. Let me take you through my “itinerary” and see if I can entice you to do something similar. Of course, you may be on to something even better for your Sundays, in which case, you can just ignore this!
Sunday is normally a day for rest and relaxation. But before you get to the R&R part, it helps to have accomplished something more. That way, the R&R when you get to it is that much more meaningful and momentous. You know, the yin and the yang.
For the past several weeks, every Sunday has turned into a time for my yoga marathon session. I’ve made it into one of my healthy habits.
A couple of months or so ago, I achieved the feat of doing 100 Surya Namaskars during one session. It was a one-off “trial” – after which we were left feeling exhausted but awesome (not to mention earning me some nice bragging rights).
Not to waste this awesomeness on just that one trial, I along with my yoga buddy and teacher have been getting down to doing those 100 Surya Namaskars every Sunday since then. Best decision we made!
For this, we allot roughly two hours and do them in bite-size chunks of 10. That sounds so much easier….just 10 sets of 10.
Perhaps this is more for the yoga practitioner than the novice. But consider this! Merely a year ago, my experience with yoga was non-existent. I had the stiffest body in the universe. And no real (working) knowledge of yoga.
100 Surya Namaskars – is it tough to do, you ask? DUH.
But, what is that feeling you get at the count of 100, while sweaty and achy all over? Total over-the-top exhilaration!
I want YOU to feel this way too. Very little compares to this fabulous feeling of accomplishment. And because it is an expanded workout, so too our gains in all these areas are expanded (greatly):
- Physical stamina, check.
- Flexibility, check.
- Toned arms, legs, abs, everything. Check.
- Mental peace of mind, check.
- Emotional strength and well-being, check.
- A test of will power and determination, check.
- A sense of accomplishment. Oh, yes!
Here’s a one minute video that shows the Surya Namaskar variation we perform. It’s not the best (like my yoga teacher’s!) but it is good.
The way I feel lately…my body is a temple and these are my Sunday services where I worship at its alter. Yeah!
The best thing to do is to make it a habit. Grab a yoga video (or buddy). Start at 20 Surya Namaskars, or 10. Or one. Just start. And then build up. Sunday works for me for an extended yoga session because I have no set deadlines and nowhere I need to be (well, sort of). Here’s the thing, notwithstanding the many benefits you gain for body and soul by following this regimen, I would highly recommend that you follow-up the tough work-out by planning to reward yourself well soon after. 🙂
Only then will it truly be a holistic Sunday!
And so… the curious Bombay-Sunday-Personal-Yogathon habit is formed:
- Stretch-your-limits-yoga from 8 to 10, followed by a refreshing shower.
- Then my appointment with Aamir Khan that starts at 11 sharp, at least for the next few weeks. This gets even better when joined by good friends.
- During this, a cool drink or two (chilled Pinot Grigio if you have it, otherwise a skinny, i.e. homemade, mojito with fresh mint, lemon, soda and rum…yummy!), after which your body is ready for a filling lunch.
- This is followed by a most welcome afternoon nap, which I float into oh so naturally, barely a page turned of the latest book in my hands.
- Evening is for a heavenly back rub or a massage if you can get it. Bliss!
- Wrap it up with a bit of writing (like now), and it’s time for bed, looking forward (well…) to Monday.
This is why Sundays were created!
So, can you see how nicely – even easily – such a habit can be cultivated? It’s easy when you know how awesome you are going to feel each step of the way. By describing the yin and the yang, I am hoping to turn some of you into regular yoga practitioners. I can’t help it…I’m becoming a fanatic about this.
So, what’s your Sunday like? If you decide to push yourself and give something like this a try, I guarantee you won’t regret it!
Interested in my yoga journey (and what could be yours)? Here are some of related posts. You can see how far I have come (and how far you can go), in a little over a year.
Step 1 – Just Starting Out
Step 2 – In Awe
Step 3 – Progress
Step 4 – Stretch Goal
Step 5 – Accomplishment