The Yoga of Tax

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I’m sure it’s not as bad as it looks………….

Today’s mission: Complete Your Tax Return. Thrilling stuff eh? I’m going to be totally honest here, I avoid doing my tax like the plague. And I REALLY don’t know why. It’s not hard, I have my MYOB all set up, all I have to do is find the receipts and type a few details in, and voila! The tax is done. But I will come up with any excuse to avoid it (blogging, anyone?).

And this might be surprising to you, considering my vocation, but I do this with my yoga practice sometimes too. I’m too tired, it’s boring (well, sometimes it is!), my knee hurts, it’s too far to go to class. I can create so many stories around why my butt should be on the couch and not on the mat. And then when I finally kick that butt off the couch and get on my mat, or pull my finger out and DO my tax, I feel so much better. My body feels more free, my mind is more clear, my inbox is empty, my finances are ordered, though sometimes I have to face the fact that the bank balance isn’t as healthy as I would like, or that advanced pose I’m working on might actually be a little harder today than it was yesterday.

When I was training to teach postnatal yoga I learnt about a very valuable style of practice: snack yoga. When you have a little baby, chances are you’re not going to get 1 hour to do your practice every day. So you break it up into snacks, 5 mins here, 5 minutes there, doing what you can when you can. I’m going to start doing snack tax, receipts inputted every day, invoices straight into MYOB when they’re emailed. This is my resolve, and you are all going to hold me to it, right?

Today my yoga practice IS my tax. I’m putting on some mantra music (oh yeah, sing it Krishna Das!), and paying each receipt the same attention I would pay my asana practice. Sure there’ll be times I want to give up, go have a coffee and say, ‘tomorrow I’ll finish’, but today is the day.

Here’s your homework. What are you putting off until tomorrow? Can you break that task up into snacks, or do you need to turn off your phone for just one day and get it done. Meditate on how amazing you will feel when it’s finished. I promise it will be so much easier than you think, just keep going til you get there.

A x

Possibilities

So I’m still pinching myself that I was invited to lululemon athletica’s Ambassador Summit in Broome, WA. What an amazing event, 3 days of self-development including goal setting, building your brand, creating declarations and so much more.

We were told very little about what to expect before we left, we all figured there’d be yoga at the least, but other than that the possibilities were endless! Having worked for lululemon in the past I was somewhat aware that we’d be working on creating a vision for our future and setting goals that bring us closer to that vision. I had no idea just how profound the experience would be.

The biggest shift I had was during a visualisation with Rob Martell. We were asked to imagine our lives 10 years from now. Where would I live? How many children would I have? What will I have for breakfast? Who are my friends? It was during this exercise that I realized my work played a very small role in the image I was picturing, and what matters most to me is creating a beautiful home to share with my family.

The thing is, until now I’ve been so committed to my path as a yoga teacher that I was only entertaining the future that has me owning my own studio, running teacher trainings and traveling for workshops and so on. And I’ve been almost militant with my husband, if it doesn’t fit that picture, we’re not doing it. The problem with this attitude is that it rules out ALL the other possibilities, including any of my husband’s visions that take him closer to his best self.

So here’s my commitment. I am going to embrace all the magical experiences life has to offer me, and my family. Maybe I’ll have a career, maybe I won’t. Maybe we’ll travel overseas, maybe we won’t. I can’t control the future, or change the past. The only place I have power is in the present. I can make choices that take me closer to the life I want to lead, but who knows if that is where I will want to be in 10 years? This has always been my problem with goal setting, what if I change my mind? But now I realise all I’m doing is setting one set of possibilities in motion, and if at any point I decide that path isn’t for me, I simply change direction. I don’t fail if I decide a goal isn’t the right one for me, it’s just not right.

So the first step on my current path is to write down my vision, and I’m going to keep a copy on my iPhone (the love of my life, but that’s a whole other story), so I can read it any time I’m uncertain.

Find out more about goal setting here: Create YOUR vision.