On Sunday 22nd April 2018, I decided to begin 90 days of alcohol-free living. I am not a heavy drinker but like most people I like a glass of wine with my dinner. The thing is, at this stage in my life, I’d like to see what cutting alcohol out of my diet can do to make me feel better in my body and my mind.
I decided to use the Niyamas as support and guidance for my decision. The niyamas are the second limb of the “Eight limbs of yoga” taken from the yoga sutras, texts written by the sage and scholar Patanjali. They refer to our own duties to ourselves to be able to serve better the others.
Over the next few weeks I will be keeping a journal to follow the process and maybe inspire anyone out there who would like to try this challenge with me.
Let’s embark on this journey together and support each other!
- Tapas (discipline) & Svadhyaya (self-study): I want to have a clear mind and be true to myself. I recently spent a decent amount of money on a meditation course and I don’t want alcohol to disturb my studies and my meditative and yoga practice. It might sound corny, but as a senior yoga teacher, I want to give the right example to my students, mentees and teacher trainees, I want to practice what I preach during my teachings.
- Saucha (cleanliness): I want to be good to my body and improve my energy levels. During my clubbing and DJ-ing years as a young man, I drank like a fish! At the time, you don’t think of the health consequences of overdoing it with alcohol, you just do it and enjoy! Over the years, my consumption lessened but I still looked forward to the Saturday night bottle of wine in front of the TV. Lately, I’ve been feeling that it was not enjoyable anymore and the only effect was a light hangover on Sunday morning and a lack of energy. I want a change.
- Saucha (cleanliness): I want to lose a little bit of weight. I’ve read a lot from people who have cut out booze and managed to shed some weight. I’d like to see if that could be me too. At my age, it’s not so easy to shake off those extra pounds.
- Tapas (discipline) and Santosha (contentment): I want to be happier. This year has been a very busy year so far. There are a lot of changes in my career. I have been using a glass of wine as an escape from the stress of my job and I am not sure if that’s sustainable. I think if I cut out drinking, I’ll feel lighter and better about work.
- Tapas (discipline): I want to inspire people to cut down on their drinking. We are a nation of party people who love to kick back with a bottle, especially in my generation. But really, we’re not doing ourselves any favours. You can’t tell people what to do, but, can I inspire and support people through my own experience?