Lent - the season when everybody talks about giving up chocolate or coffee or alcohol. Like that's hard. How about giving up gossip or complaining or judging?
The real question could be, what do I need to give up to live my life more fully? To find out, we first must pay attention and notice our thoughts, feelings - simply by practicing being present in the moment. For me, the best place to practice that is on my yoga mat.
Let's take the next 40 days to get clear on what we stand for. 40 - an auspicious number - Jesus spent 40 days meditating in the desert. Moses wandered into the midst of a cloud for 40 years. Noah endured rain for 40 days and nights.
In my yoga practice, I will make every Warrior pose stand for a spiritual value. With every twist I squeeze out blame, shame, and the idea of not being good enough.
With each exhale we have a chance to let something go. With each inhale I "inspire" - I breath life into the good in my life. And as I practice I sure hope to inspire my students to do the same.