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Do you know Marianne Elliott? She's amazing. She's a writer, a yoga teacher, a courage cultivator, a human rights advocate and consultant. She was a human rights lawyer in New Zealand and a United Nations peacekeeper in Afghanistan (and she's actually back in Afghanistan right now). She's a storyteller.
Her recently published memoir about doing good and being well in Afghanistan is called Zen Under Fire. She writes for The Huffington Post. She calls her blog "a watering hole for do-gooders, wanna-be do-gooders, and recovering do-gooders." She is beautiful inside and out and has the most wonderful New Zealander accent.
Marianne has also created 30 Days of Yoga, a series of online courses "to find and keep your own home practice of yoga." There's a standard version, a beginner's version, a busy people's version, and even a curvy people's version.
In a recent blog post, Marianne announced that she is turning 40 this week—and that she is happier, fitter, stronger, and healthier today than when she was 30. Why? Because of yoga. So for her 40th birthday, what she really wants is to share yoga with us. It's time to get your yoga on, she says. And she's right. Excuses why you can't? She has the solutions so you can.
Almost a year ago I signed up for the standard 30 Days of Yoga course but then was unable to follow through with it—and I've been meaning to go back and re-start it ever since. I have no excuses, and Marianne's gentle birthday nudge was just what I needed.
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You can start the 30 Days of Yoga courses any time, but a few times a year Marianne leads a special group course which allows you to connect with other people around the world who are making the same commitment in an online community forum. This one will also include four live check-in calls with Marianne, plus one call with Anna Guest-Jelley, co-teacher of the 30 Days of Curvy Yoga course.
So, yep, I've decided it's (finally!) time for me to get my yoga on. No excuses. And in case any of you might be interested too, I thought I'd tell you about this upcoming group course. I had the wild idea that maybe some of us can do it together.
You can sign up for any version of the 30 Days of Yoga as part of the upcoming group course. Registration is open until Saturday, May 12th. The course begins on Monday, May 14th with a week of preparation, and then the actual yoga practice begins on Monday, May 21st and finishes on June 20th.
Did I mention that everybody who signs up for this upcoming group course will also get Marianne's '30 Days of Courage' workbook and audio FREE? It includes 30 lessons, daily practices in courage, plus an audio guide to courage with wisdom from brave souls like Danielle LaPorte, Chris Guillebeau, Pace Smith, and Kate Swoboda.
Okay, this is starting to sound like an infomercial, so I'm going to wrap it up. If you do sign up for the upcoming 30 Days of Yoga group course, I hope you'll let me know.
And if you already do yoga and have any uplifting stories, tips, words of wisdom, or even favorite poses to share, I'd love to hear about them. I used to do a very basic yoga practice years ago and have been meaning to get more into it ever since. No more excuses.
The time to get my yoga on is now. And I'm really excited.
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