Miracles & Minimal Cues
day #13/100: the smallest things add up to the most wonderful wins 🧘♀️
i remember the first time i heard about minimal cues yoga.
it was August 2020, a few months into the pandemic. i’d given up on bootcamp, and my sister recommended me to Yoga With Kassandra as an alternative “while i waited out the pandemic” (ha!).
i was visiting with my mom and sister, and heard Kassandra’s distinctive voice wafting out of my sister’s room. when i asked her which video she was doing, she answered:
“her latest minimal cues one. it’s the best! i get to breathe, and just be with my own thoughts.”
i learned that minimal cues meant that the instructor would just say out the names of the poses, and it was up to you to interpret it and flow with them. no further instructions would be given.
obviously, that sounded WAY out of my depth as a total beginner — so i just nodded, in awe of my sister and her ease on the mat, and left it at that.
today, 1.75 years after that conversation, i just completed my first minimal cues yoga.
i nearly sprained my back doing it, but i did it. all 35 sweaty, glorious minutes of it. and it was actually in the silence afforded by the flow that i was inspired to write this post … and commemorate this tiniest of wins. 🤍
i never expected to be a “yogi”. never thought i’d have a daily yoga practice. but that ‘temporary alternative’ evolved into a permanent fixture in my morning routine, and now, i can’t go a day without it.
sure, it’s just 10 minutes — but commit to something 10 minutes a day, for 650 days, and that’s 108 hours.
and those 108 hours meant that i would one day understand Kassandra perfectly when she rattles off the Sanskrit names of yoga poses like “Virabhadrasana” and “Setu Bandha Sarvangasana”.
it meant that i would be able to do a minimal cues practice without checking the screen every two minutes.
it meant that i, too, would one day find ease, flow and clarity on the mat.
and i have nothing but gratitude for that. 🙏
we often only take note of the big things. the client deals, the travel opportunities, the milestone moments.
but we forget that the tiny little things we do each day, they add up.
and if we just learn to pay attention —
if we take the time to notice and nourish and celebrate them —
they may reveal themselves to be the miracles we were looking for all along. 💎
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