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Finding space in 2011

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 by Marianne Elliott

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Last week I promised myself more space in 2011 for the things that bring me alive. I knew at the time that this was going to require me to think about what I was ready to let go of.

All those ‘mores’ means there will have to be some ‘lesses’ too – and I’m still in the process of working out what I’ll be doing less of to make space for what I know I need and want to do more of.

One of the things that keeps coming up for me is the possibility of doing less of the 30 days of yoga course. Or, at least, doing it in a different way.

I love 30 days of yoga. Every time I read through the amazing messages I get from people who’ve taken part, I feel incredibly moved and inspired.

It’s clear the course is meeting a deep need in our community for more self-care, more kindness and more regular home practice of yoga.

So it’s not easy to think about letting it go.

But if I line up all the things I need more of in my life (walks on the beach, face-to-face teaching, speaking gigs, collaboration, dancing, playing, and deliciously slow travel), it starts to become clear that I need to review how I offer the 30 days course.

It is never easy thinking about letting go of something that has brought great joy into your life, which the 30 days of yoga course in it’s current form has certainly done for me. But I’m committed to creating space for my own growth and for creating the most powerful work I can in service of a kinder, more peaceful and more just world for all.

So – there is a fairly good chance that this January 30 days of yoga course will be the last one to be offered in the current format.

I’m going to be totally honest with you. I’m really nervous about this coming off like a sales technique (hurry, sign up now or miss out forever!). I guess I can only tell you, hand on heart, that it is not.

This is just me, staying open to what needs to change and trying to be transparent about it all as I go.

I also understand that you, quite fairly, expect me to let you know if I’m about to make a big change to something you might have been quietly planning to do, just waiting for the right moment.

In other words, if you have been meaning to join the course ‘some time’ this may be the time to do so. Start 2011 with a new habit of self-kindness, through yoga.

I’ve made a few changes to the course for the January version. I’m a strong believer in continuous learning and I’m always paying careful attention to the feedback I get from past participants so this course is constantly evolving. This time around the biggest changes are:

  • a new version of the course specifically designed for beginners – breaking things down into simple, manageable steps to make it as easy as possible to get started with your first yoga practice (this version will be offered simultaneously to the standard version);
  • weekly live calls will replace my weekly video – I wanted to hear from you all more directly and to be able to engage with your questions in a more interactive way and this seems like the best way to do that;
  • a new members only site with built in discussion forums – finally I’ve found a solution to my ongoing challenge: how to create an effective space for you all to meet and support each other that didn’t just add another layer of digital noise into your day.

If you are ready to start 2011 with yoga, head over here to learn more and sign up. Registrations close 19 December unless places fill earlier. Please don’t wait til the last minute to sign up – I had dozens of emails pleading to be let into the course late last time around and the only fair position I could see was to stick to the deadline.

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2 Responses to "Finding space in 2011"

  1. asiyah says:

    Marianne,

    You constantly impress me with your courage to follow your convictions and your heart. I know that this is not a marketing ploy and hope that you find space for the coming year.

    Many blessings,

    asiyah

  2. Abbie says:

    I totally hear you on the making more time for some stuff and less time for others – that’s what I find difficult… justifying saying “no” to things and being somewhat “selfish” with my time sometimes. Thanks for this post!

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