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Mid-chant during Day 300 of my practice. (Staged, of course! Normally I’m still in my PJs)
by Kara-Leah Grant
Today was Day 300 of a Tantric yoga practice I’m doing, which got me reflecting on what it takes to commit to yoga.
Every day, no matter what, I sit and do this particular yoga practice, which consists of seated spinal rotations with pranayama, chanting with visualisation and mudra, and meditation.
My intention is to do 1000 days in a row – that’s almost three years of dedicated, committed practice. If I miss a day, I have to start again on Day 1.
It’s taken me over fifteen years of yoga practice to get to this point – to have enough conviction and faith to commit to a 1000 day practice.
Over the last seven years, I’ve done multiple Forty Day practices, including Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, a heart-opening kriya, a loving-kindness mediation and a practice for infinite energy and prosperity. I’ve also done a handful of 90 day and 120 day practices.
This year, I felt ready to finally take the next big step – 1000 days.
Of course, I didn’t start with that… I started by committing to Forty Days of my Tantric Meditation. At the end of Forty Days, I extended it to 90, and then 120. Finally, at 120, it was already a given that I was going to go for gold – I was heading for 1000 days.
Patanjali talks about effort and commitment in the first chapter of the Sutras, in 1.19 – 1.22.
He identifies that there are two kinds of people practicing yoga – those who have done so much practice in past lifetimes that states of samadhi (bliss and realisation) come …read more