day 4-day 14 Top Shelf (an extended stay in The Wilderness) | 365 days

In 1990 Jon Bon Jovi released a successful solo album Blaze of Glory, a soundtrack to a movie. The MTV interview with Julie Brown visiting his rented villa in Hollywood hills, was an absolute joy to watch! Video bottom post.

When I wrote two blogposts at the start of this year long yoga challenge, and naming the second one Day 2 even when it was written on Day 3 (but yoga session 2, I was already one day behind), I definitely did not know my time in the wilderness was far from over.

The passionate blogpost was titled:
day 2 The Wilderness | 365 days
about 1990, an intense post-touring year for Jon Bon Jovi, when he crossed the US on a motorcycle but also got on the Young Guns  II caravan which then led him to Hollywood Hills to produce his first solo record.

It was a time without band, without having a familiar routine to follow, perhaps even a time without full ownership of being the world famous rock star he had ambitiously strived to be and had then become it.
It was a time without all of those things, and it led to a year of both proverbial and literal wilderness (of New Mexico, and crossing the United States on bikes).

The blogpost suggested that since Jon Bon Jovi’s time in the wilderness had turned out to be a well of inspiration and growth;
I hoped my time in my wilderness would take the same route by committing to do
one year of yoga!
Although it didn’t literally say it, I definitely hoped 365 yoga sessions would magically fix something that had been haunting me for as long as the Slippery When Wet tour and New Jersey Syndicate tour together.

The good news is: It DID magically fix it! 
But definitely not in the way I expected it would.
And my stay in the wilderness was definitely extended by a day or 10.

So as I write you, fully renewed and feeling better than I have in years, and more committed to both my yoga schedule as well as my work as a writer, yoga teacher and business coach, I m telling you;
The magic never works the way you think it does.
But it does work.

It reminds me of the key mechanism to solution-focused information products, some of which I bought and some I only followed a long webinar that bullet-pointed the content that you would get in the full package.
They would always guarantee that the formula or 5 step program, would help you fix your problem.

On an unrelated note: These packages usually came with a money-back guarantee but in the fine-print it then said that you had to send in your homework for the first two modules or something, before you would get your money back.
We’re talking 5 years back or more, maybe it changed.
But I always thought it was a breach of privacy, since they are not entitled to your personal story for what in most countries would be a consumer right of return.
But my study of these info-products designed to “magically fix” f.e. your love life, did teach me an important lesson to what works, why it works, and what the key mechanism is.
Which is not that the program they give you brings you something: But it is that you have to let something go, or you have to acquire a certain skill or mindset in order to be able to adopt or implement the program.

For example, if I told you the solution to all your problems is in a jar on the absolute top shelf of a stockroom, you will immediately start figuring out how to reach it.
Maybe a truck, maybe a ladder, but you’d focus on how to get there.
And this changes something in you; You learn how to drive a forklift, or you befriend a forklift driver. You start searching the premises looking for equipment that could help raise you up.
You overcome your fear of heights or your fear of talking to people.

By the time you reach the jar, you’re no longer the same person. And very likely the person who takes that jar of the shelf no longer has the same problem your old self had.

After you ve implement the 5 steps for a better love life, you ve overcome so many fears and taken on several challenges that would have held you back otherwise.
The solution didn’t really come because you now have those 5 things in place, but because of who you had to become to get them there.

The same way my yoga challenge is working, and has worked.
And the past 10 plus days reminded me of that ladder/ forklift wisdom, that I had forgotten.

I realized that although my instincts had been right to set out on the yoga challenge; That the change was never going to come from the daily yoga, or the 365 yoga sessions.
But from overcoming the challenges to get that daily yoga in place.

I got to the magic jar, on the top shelf of the stockroom. 

top-shelf
adjective
  1. BRITISH
    (of a magazine) pornographic.
     
  2. NORTH AMERICAN
    of a high quality; excellent.
    “some top-shelf cars are shipped overseas”

Definitely not asking any money back!

~Suzanne
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1 Year Of Yoga, 365 sessions 

No yoga (Wilderness!): Sunday 24 April – Sunday May 1, Tuesday May 3
Yoga days: Monday May 2 (day 12), Wednesday May 4 (day 14)
Yoga sessions: session 3, session 4, session 5
Bon Jovi cds:
Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi (1984)
Fahrenheit (1985)
Slippery (1986).
duration: 3 yoga sessions of about 45 minutes
Type of yoga: 2x White Tigress yoga and 1x standing poses from free Bon Jovi manual. See below for: “Sources I do yoga with:”
Final songs always relaxation

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1. free download, t
his is a 17 page guide
Bon Jovi Yoga Set List 2.0 – yoga framework incl sticky men schedules
2. White Tigress Yoga Workbook
You can find this book at the bottom of this page:
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3. Rock Star Yoga
Pure Rock Star Yoga is a free flowing form of movement (improvisation) without following a system. Just music.

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3  YouTube: yoga met Suzanne Beenackers (Nederlands) 
Reboot snel!
De cover foto’s en profiel foto al veranderd, het wordt echt een kleine studio, kijk maar vast:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA81I4RdVvgtGK99T3Io3Ew

other:
yoga on
YouTube by me:
PRO videos 2015 2016
Archive home yoga – English

Rock Star Writer, my blog dedicated to Bon Jovi, sex, and rock n roll.
our Facebook page Rock Star Writer
Twitter account

Art & Popular Culture: World Between Worlds 
YouTube Rock Your Business

You can find my books The Little Mistress Who Turned Into A Baby Koala
and A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
and White Tigress Yoga Workbook
at the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter

beginner friendly playlists from my channel:.

artists: Suzanne Beenackers, little bear Puux           
art form: performance art
phase 1: earliest expressions, mixed work, July 2019 – March 2022
phase 2: April 2022 – 

day 2 The Wilderness | 365 days

In 1990 Jon Bon Jovi released a successful album Blaze of Glory. The MTV interview with Julie Brown visiting his rented villa in Hollywood hills, was an absolute joy to watch! Video below post.

These 365 days of yoga are not inspired by YouTube and Instagram challenges (unsurprisingly, since I don’t even have Instagram), nor by the ageless wisdom of doing yoga everyday.
Instead it is exclusively rooted in an early 21st century challenge of writer Julie Powell, blogging and cooking her way through Julia Child’s French cookbook in one year.

There were over 500 recipes, and she gave herself a year to cook them all.

In her footsteps, I ve committed myself to a year of yoga and blogging too. And although there will be days when I choose a short yoga practice rather than skipping a day, yesterday (day 2!) I could feel the reality of what it means to have this yoga challenge rooted in her cooking challenge, and not in the tradition of having daily habits.
I felt in my bones, this really is an entirely different thing.

That squeezing in a one-song yoga practice and skipping blogging, which would have been the deal yesterday since it was already past midnight before I had time, was in absolutely no way contributing to what MY practice, and THIS challenge was about.

That nor I, nor this challenge,  were about ticking off days in linear sense, where a day is 24 hours to do your yoga;
And instead it’s, well for one, more about the journey than about accomplishing anything. But as far as it is about an accomplishment, then it is about the total amount of yoga sessions.
Just like it is about the total amount of recipes.

And I like blogging, I like writing about it as well.

Although I do not expect to write a blogpost about every of the 365 yoga sessions;
There will be many.

So today’s session was with the album I originally intended to do yoga with yesterday; Blaze of Glory.
Jon Bon Jovi’s 1990 solo album for the movie Young Guns II.
Now this all sounds pretty dry, but it is actually the most exciting, storytelling-dense period of Jon Bon Jovi’s career, as the band was coming down from over half a decade of almost back to back touring.
Things had started to fall apart.

When in February 1990, the lights went out of that final concert in Guadalajara, Mexico, they could have gone out for good.

And it was in that state, where Jon didn’t even know if there still was a band, that he took on this project of writing the soundtrack for the cowboy movie Young Guns two.
Cowboys had been a theme that spoke to Jon from the earliest days of Bon Jovi. And for those who go looking for it, you can find traces of their presence on nearly every Bon Jovi album.
Musically, and lyrically.

But writing the soundtrack for Young Guns II would be the only time Jon allowed himself free rein, and take on the renegade identity in full.

The result was a record that traded the pounded and paved road of the world famous band Bon Jovi, for the dusty terrain of New Mexico.
It resulted in unexpected collaborations with an array of other artists, in an award winning record, and in Jon Bon Jovi finding himself.

He embraced the wilderness, the work of writing and recording; He even enjoyed the press release in what you could call a pr-collaboration with MTV comedian Julie Brown.
By letting go of the idea of being in a band called Bon Jovi, and fully going with what he was guided to;
He reinvented his music, his lyrics and himself.

Challenges are never about ticking things off.

They’re about following Spirit and following the road you are shown.

~Suzanne
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yoga journal Saturday APRIL 23

Bon Jovi cd: Blaze of Glory, 26 July 1990.
duration: about 45 minutes
yoga + final song relaxation, Dying Ain’t Much of a Livin’

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Uncovering Rock Star Yoga; A Journey

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1. free download, t
his is a 17 page guide
Bon Jovi Yoga Set List 2.0 – yoga framework incl sticky men schedules
2. White Tigress Yoga Workbook
You can find this book at the bottom of this page:
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3. Rock Star Yoga
Pure Rock Star Yoga is a free flowing form of movement (improvisation) without following a system. Just music.

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3  YouTube: yoga met Suzanne Beenackers (Nederlands) 
Reboot snel!
De cover foto’s en profiel foto al veranderd, het wordt echt een kleine studio, kijk maar vast:
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other:
yoga on
YouTube by me:
PRO videos 2015 2016
Archive home yoga – English

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our Facebook page Rock Star Writer
Twitter account

Art & Popular Culture: World Between Worlds 
YouTube Rock Your Business

You can find my books The Little Mistress Who Turned Into A Baby Koala
and A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
and White Tigress Yoga Workbook
at the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter

beginner friendly playlists from my channel:.

artists: Suzanne Beenackers, little bear Puux           
art form: performance art
phase 1: earliest expressions, mixed work, July 2019 – March 2022
phase 2: April 2022 – 

day 1 Daily Bon Jovi Yoga | 365 days kickoff

Me, April 3, 2014. And a vision I can only dream of! Perhaps after 365 days of Daily Bon Jovi Yoga?!

I have trouble keeping my eyes open, that’s how tired I am. It was a very long day, and after what will probably be the most fundamental but also the most difficult weeks of 2022.
Although we’ve all learned not to count on the worst being over by worldly standards, but yeah.
On a personal level, I would not wish these weeks upon my proverbial worst enemy.

And the context of today explains more than just why I m tired.
It explains why I need a project, a bigger vision, to rescue me!
Or at least prevent me from hitting cliffs and getting lost. Like a beacon. 

I m finally committing to Daily Bon Jovi Yoga, the way I originally planned to do, when I founded this site. And since we’ll be seeing each other blogging every day for the upcoming year, I allow myself to keep it short.
There are after all 364 days left to explain myself.

This streak of 365 days in a row is inspired by the 2010 movie Julie & Julia (trailer) where a blogger, Julie, starts a challenge to cook from Julia Child’s classic French cookbook, which has over 500 recipes in it.
Like me, she needed something to give her a sense of direction. The cooking project helps her to see beyond her everyday worries.

My Daily Bon Jovi Yoga Project is:
– to practice yoga with one vintage Bon Jovi album (-1995)
– a song or multiple songs from the deep-cut list from that same era (
 Bon Jovi 1984/85-1995 Deep cuts and cover songs (live))
– or to do yoga with (part of) a concert, or live performance from that era.

The yoga is 100% freestyle.
I do not plan, track or even remember any of it. 

The only goal is to see if one year from now, I feel better than I have in the past weeks, the past years.
And maybe even to find out if the girl in reclined hero’s pose, on her pink yoga mat – a photo from 2014 I recently recovered- to see if in 365 days she’s here again.

With her eyes closed, but not because she’s so worn out.
But because she’s laughing.

~Suzanne
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yoga journal THURSDAY APRIL 21

Bon Jovi cd: New Jersey, 19 September 1988.
duration: a little under 1 hour
yoga + final 2 songs relaxation, 99 In the Shade and Love for Sale

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1. free download, t
his is a 17 page guide
Bon Jovi Yoga Set List 2.0 – yoga framework incl sticky men schedules
2. White Tigress Yoga Workbook
You can find this book at the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter
3. Rock Star Yoga
Pure Rock Star Yoga is a free flowing form of movement (improvisation) without following a system. Just music.

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3  YouTube: yoga met Suzanne Beenackers (Nederlands) 
Reboot snel!
De cover foto’s en profiel foto al veranderd, het wordt echt een kleine studio, kijk maar vast:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA81I4RdVvgtGK99T3Io3Ew

other:
yoga on
YouTube by me:
PRO videos 2015 2016
Archive home yoga – English

Rock Star Writer, my blog dedicated to Bon Jovi, sex, and rock n roll.
our Facebook page Rock Star Writer
Twitter account

Art & Popular Culture: World Between Worlds 
YouTube Rock Your Business

You can find my books The Little Mistress Who Turned Into A Baby Koala
and A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
and White Tigress Yoga Workbook
at the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter

beginner friendly playlists from my channel:.

artists: Suzanne Beenackers, little bear Puux           
art form: performance art
phase 1: earliest expressions, mixed work, July 2019 – March 2022
phase 2: April 2022 – 

Writing first, yoga second, and life will just have to figure itself out.

photos: Early 2014, in my yoga space. I no longer own a business nor a studio space, I stopped December 2020.

I m writing this after a satisfying breakfast, still in my bathing robe and already halfway through a can of black coffee.
To be behind a computer AM, is a familiar sighting. But I have not written for this blog in a while. And for the past four years I rarely let myself write first thing in the morning.
Because I know little will get done after it.

Things I am allowed to do in the morning are:
Yoga, cycling, anything on my schedule, appointments and so on, and getting a new business going (something you sell) and if that feels too overwhelming, then create videos;
Make Bon Jovi/ yoga/ business videos for my three YouTube channels.

Show yourself, share yourself, share your work, so you can later add a business model to them.
And since visual communication has won the 21st century, and because being visible, was going to be at the heart of a new career, then we all know text don’t count.

We all know that in the real world, writing is merely a tool, something people use to sell something real. Writing pour le writing, is something only a fool would spend their time on.
Let alone someone pushing 50 who is without career. Someone like that is in a hurry! And picking up a pen is about as constructive as online gambling. Just that with writing you lose time and your day, not money.
But since they all say that time is the only real true currency, whether losing time is actually better than a gambling addiction remains debatable.

But I think you get the idea why I m not going to waste time with something as futile as writing.
I still believe that if it had not been for the pandemic, my career in yoga would have transformed into something new. That it would have been a reinvention, not a finalizing. But that’s all water under the bridge now.

So to be honest, I don’t care that writing gives my life meaning, that it’s the only thing I m good at, and that I want to do it each morning and the only thing people (usually writers) envy me for and that I know how to do daily, and full of passion.
Because if it’s not making me money?
If it’s not writing I use to sell something?
Then at age 50, it goes on the pile with gambling addiction and other bad life habits. 

Or it goes on the pile of habits I m allowed to do if I get up at 5 AM, and I can indulge myself in before my real job starts.
Which is the timeslot writing will end up soon, now that I have burned all business models to the ground.
For this post, I will limit myself to discussing the yoga business model, but there has been more abandoning and walking away from. It all had to go.

What has happened in the past four years is that because I knew it is better to make money as an entrepreneur – because you have multiple clients, multiple services and multiple income streams – than it is to make money being employed, because you only have one income stream – and because I love marketing and sales, I have looked for ways to start a new business and tried out a few too.
But the most exciting one has been something I called Rock Star Yoga.

Rock Star Yoga was going to be a blend of teaching yoga in real life, whether locally or nationally and even internationally;
Of making YouTube videos, and of sharing my own practice through this blog, Daily Bon Jovi Yoga.

Where writing or business coaching, my two other skills for which I am qualified and that I can monetize, need work in order to be able to sell it; And would cost me hours for which I would get paid immediately or afterwards;
Rock Star Yoga didn’t have any of that.

The vision I had of being together doing Rock Star Yoga, WAS the Rock Star Yoga.
Just like a concert IS, the highest form of performance for an artist.
And an album, is their most tangible form of music.

The reason that within the immaterial arts, almost nobody is an artist or a rock star, is because you need to stay away from the things that make you money in the short run such as:
Cover band/ tribute band, teaching your skill, making courses.

If yoga is my art (and it is) then it is an immaterial art form, and I must stay away from selling it as yoga.  

Since July 2019, one year after I took my first steps on the path of slowing down my regular yoga business to give way to something new, I have known that something I called Rock Star Yoga, was going to be my second career in yoga.
Unsurprisingly, it has been a terribly rocky path! 
So July 2019 to April 2022, that’s two years and 9 months, before the uncomfortable truth sank in that if Rock Star Yoga was art then I had to ruthlessly pull the plug on selling my yoga at cover band, tribute band level, or selling my yoga as a yoga teacher, ever again.
I still hope to one day live in a big house, where I teach yoga to friends in my home studio. Just like artists have a home studio, where they play and record.

But even the idea of giving yoga shows, events where I teach;
Even that exciting idea that dissipated this week.
It’s gone.
Not just the small hope that I would teach locally, but the big vision too.
It’s all gone.

Thursday morning I woke up with the idea of starting to teach. I knew a location that would be ideal for Rock Star Yoga!
Excited that after 4 years of introspection and downsizing my yoga, I finally had a big vision AND a local, more sustainable vision for building a day to day yoga business, I contacted them.
But something in the communication felt so completely off, and I could just see how it was all related to the reality of building a yoga business.
This no longer worked for me.
Having a brick and mortar business, is a calling in and of itself.

What I had not realized is that once you re used to sharing your work online, there is just no going back into the real world.
Rock Star Yoga, cannot exist in a pinpointed, packaged up, tangible fashion, within four walls and with a company registered at the chamber of commerce.
Not as service, not as art, not as artist, and then subsequently also, not as a business.

Rock Star Yoga cannot exist unless someone has Rock Star Yoga as their calling like I have writing as my calling.
Business, teaching, a brick and mortar location, Rock Star Yoga?
They are all things that need your full attention.

Having four blogs here, three other blogs elsewhere, 16 years of writing under my belt and with my desk calling me every morning, and me ignoring that calling with the mightiest of might for the past four years?
Dealing with anything else than writing?
Is attention I don’t have.

I am only a writer, even if being only a writer is not a real thing.
Then I will make my peace with not being a real thing.

The upcoming years I will share everything I know about yoga on my YouTube channels, and develop Rock Star Yoga, or see “what it wants to be”, as it evolves, day by day. I will write here on this blog, about doing yoga and about Rock Star Yoga.
And I will also share what I know about business, on my Rock Your Business YouTube.

But what I will probably not share, is how blessed you are if you do not have a an irrepressible urge to be creative every morning.
Maybe you even have a writer’s block!
Cherish it, it means you can make something out of your life!

I have numbed out my urge to write with Netflix, with food (I m at my heaviest ever), alcohol, –
I can’t think of more. Those are the only three that have been strong enough to numb it out.

So I m just going to accept that all I want to do is write, and that everything else is just going to have to take care of itself.
Because after four years of trying to reinvent my yoga career or any career,  my yoga business or any business;
And gaining ten kilos and consuming countless Netflix series instead?

I m done.
I failed.

Writing first. Yoga second, maybe.

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~Suzanne
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About Daily Bon Jovi Yoga and Rock Star Yoga: 
Uncovering Rock Star Yoga; A Journey

Sources I do yoga with: 
1. free download, t
his is a 17 page guide
Bon Jovi Yoga Set List 2.0 – yoga framework incl sticky men schedules
2. White Tigress Yoga Workbook
You can find this book at the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter
3. Rock Star Yoga
Pure Rock Star Yoga is a free flowing form of movement (improvisation) without following a system. Just music.

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3  YouTube: yoga met Suzanne Beenackers (Nederlands) 
Reboot snel!
De cover foto’s en profiel foto al veranderd, het wordt echt een kleine studio, kijk maar vast:
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other:
yoga on
YouTube by me:
PRO videos 2015 2016
Archive home yoga – English

Rock Star Writer, my blog dedicated to Bon Jovi, sex, and rock n roll.
our Facebook page Rock Star Writer
Twitter account

Art & Popular Culture: World Between Worlds 
YouTube Rock Your Business

You can find my books The Little Mistress Who Turned Into A Baby Koala
and A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
and White Tigress Yoga Workbook
at the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter

beginner friendly playlists from my channel:.

Title: “Rock Star”
or “Rock Star yoga/ business/ writer”

artists: Suzanne Beenackers, little bear Puux           
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3 YouTube channels
1. English YouTube “Liberation”: Rock Star Yoga + Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs
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4 blogs
1. Rock Star Writer
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2 Facebook pages
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1 Twitter account
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The 38 minutes and homemade yoga bolster, that could have saved me

I am “Forrest Gumping” myself into getting some sort of system to
– blog daily
– do yoga daily
– get my daylight and exercise outdoor;
And then – a girl can dream! – it would be nice to actually get some work done as well.

Last week’s celebrational claim that I was finally feeling better and was no longer losing the first half of my day to sickness, proved to be as inspiring as it was prematurely.

So with the first hours of my day still being gnawed at, by Life;
And me STILL not being consistent with the only thing that prevents a slow start, which is to radically cap all social time, worktime, and screen time to 7 PM, and only do yoga and housekeeping in the evenings
(a sacrifice I am apparently not willing to make in full) (or at all);
Under those circumstances, what I consider to be “planning”, feels more like Forrest Gumping.

Or maybe as something that would have gotten better results, if I actually had stopped making it so complicated, trying to control things, and had just put one foot in front of the other.
After all, I don’t know if you are familiar with the movie, but Forrest Gump’s approach turned out to be very successful, and it brought him far in life.
And he did not make it as complicated as I do.

So I don’t think I do him justice when I say I m “Forrest Gumping” myself through these first days where I struggle to make the Daily Bon Jovi blog, as well as the daily yoga itself to become non-negotiable elements of my day for the rest of my life. 
Because Forrest would have given it less thought, and gotten it right.
Instead of giving it a lot of thought, and still getting it wrong.

“Entirely wrong?” I hear you say 😉 
No, not entirely.
I am doing daily yoga, it’s just that the blogging part requires more thought. The times I wrote it after 7 PM, I paid for it dearly by handing over the first half of the next day, to pay for my sins.

So I will spent the first available desk hour of my day to writing this blog.
And yoga after 7 PM, unless I have an evening activity, and then I ll do it earlier.

One important reason I am attached to doing yoga at night time, is because although as a writer I am free to plan my workhours as I like, most people work daytime hours.

If I would do my #dailybonjoviyoga during regular office hours, I think it would be less relatable, than if I set it up to have to fit a life that is not about yoga.

I want my daily yoga be squeezed in at the edges of a workday, so that we are all on the same page.

And since I do not have access to my mornings, and also because I love squeezing in as many desk hours before noon as I can (it used to work up to 6 hours before noon!), I will never choose the mornings to do yoga.
Although the morning is the most common time to yoga, traditionally. For both people who have jobs as well as for yoga teachers.

But I have chosen the night, the evening, to be the time I practice yoga, #dailybonjoviyoga.

I share all these ins and outs about when to practice, and what my reasons were behind it, because I want to illustrate the struggle of picking a time, the  struggle all of us who are not Forrest Gump, and who do not automatically choose right, might face;
As well as that I want to invite you to experiment with it. Try things out to get it right.

I don’t endorse micromanaging your day, but understanding the building blocks of your day, and moving them around until they work, pays off.
All your activities have an ideal time to be done;
And just saying “first things first” is a simplification.

You wouldn’t organize a rock concert at 11 AM. 
The same way committing to yoga may involve some juggling, finding the right timeslot when it rocks.

So within this process of juggling yoga, I found myself practicing the first Bon Jovi album, from 1984, yesterday at 10PM. 
It is only 38 minutes long, and I had chosen this album for its shortness.
And because I was feeling dizzy and unstable, I chose restorative yoga, which is the final page from our free download

pillow Mojlighet by IKEA

Restorative yoga used to be a bit of a mixed bag to teach, in my video classes as well as a large portion of studio classes .
This is because they require quite some equipment, most notably a yoga bolster, which is a long sturdy pillow.

Where other yoga equipment, such as yoga blocks and yoga belts, can easily be replaced with a stack of books or a regular belt, the yoga bolster requires more work.
And most yoga studios I have worked in, with the exception of my own yoga studio, did not have bolsters for their students.
What I did in those studios, ideally, is to use two round, high, meditation cushions, instead of one bolster. But if I had a full class, there were not enough of them. 

So then I could not teach restorative yoga.

With the few full-length video classes I gave in 2020 I got more creative, and found a benefit of teaching online.
Because people at home can make a bolster by rolling up one or two blankets or sleeping bags, in a roll that is about a meter long.
IKEA also seems to be stocking bolster-esque pillows, currently. Mojlighet. But I have not seen them or tested these ones they are selling right now.

Sales of bolster-like pillows by IKEA have been erratic, and when they are for sale it sure pays off to get them while stocks last.
Pre-pandemic we have had three to five years without these pillows at IKEA.

But like I said, you can also roll up one or multiple blankets into a sturdy, one-meter long roll.

The yoga I did was the restorative yoga at the final page (schedule 8) page from our free download
But you can also check YouTube for “restorative yoga” or “yoga with bolster”, if you prefer to be guided.

restorative yoga, schedule 8 from our free download

There are 7 poses in the schedule, and 9 songs on the album Bon Jovi-Bon Jovi.

Practiced pose 1-5, in one-song-each fashion, with song 1-5.

Poses 6 (“backbend”) and 7 (“variation butterfly legs”) are backbends and I do not recommend holding them for a whole song. I practiced these poses during song 6 and 7, but by alternating them.
So let’s say pose 6 for a while, then 7, then back to 6, then 7. And so on.

I used song 8 and 9 for relaxation.

During practice my emotions went from feeling I was cutting corners because I wasn’t practicing standing poses, or other what I would consider “real” yoga poses, and had chosen for the shortest Bon Jovi album and the easiest set of poses;
To one of understanding this was really all it took.

That “only” doing restorative poses, is really all the yoga anyone ever really needs to make a change in health, relaxation, stress-release.
And that 38 minutes is more than enough.

All those years where I struggled to find a practice, and even to an extend the most recent years where I start-stopped doing Bon Jovi yoga, or Rock Star Yoga.
The years where instead of keeping it simple, I thought about it, got frustrated, didn’t feel it, and so on.

Yesterday, doing this 38 minute restorative yoga practice with a ten year old IKEA bolster, doing the easiest most relaxing poses I knew, I realized;
This is really all it takes.

But Forrest Gump would have been able to tell you that 1600 words ago.

BON JOVI – BON JOVI, 1984, 38 MINUTES

This is the track list:

1.Runaway
Jon Bon Jovi, George Karak

2. Roulette
Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

3. She Don’t Know Me
Mark Avsec

4. Shot Through the Heart
Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Ponti

5. Love Lies.
Jon Bon Jovi, David Rashbaum

6. Breakout
Jon Bon Jovi, David Rashbaum

7. Burning for Love
Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

8. Come Back
Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

9. Get Ready
Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

Hitting the yoga mat tonight, probably with These Days.
And I will catch you tomorrow! 
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~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer Nijmegen
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yoga journal Saturday February 12

starting time: 10 PM
duration: 38 minutes, 9 songs
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Bon Jovi cd:  Bon Jovi-Bon Jovi (1984)

type of yoga: I used our free download
Bon Jovi Yoga Set List 2.0 – yoga framework incl sticky men schedules
and practiced schedule 8 
8. lying butterfly or restorative yoga with props
9. long relaxation, final 2 songs, Come Back and Get Ready

About me:
After 2 years, I’m my old self again! | daily yoga kickoff
About Daily Bon Jovi Yoga and Rock Star Yoga: 
Uncovering Rock Star Yoga; A Journey

Sources Daily Bon Jovi Yoga:
1. free download, t
his is a 17 page guide
Bon Jovi Yoga Set List 2.0 – yoga framework incl sticky men schedules
2. White Tigress Yoga Workbook
You can find this book at the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter
3. Rock Star Yoga
Pure Rock Star Yoga is a free flowing form of movement (improvisation) without following a system. Just music.

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2 YouTube: Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs
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As part of our work together, I will also be making Rock Star Yoga or #dailybonjoviyoga videos for this channel, scheduled for starting in June 2022.

3  YouTube: yoga met Suzanne Beenackers (Nederlands) 
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA81I4RdVvgtGK99T3Io3Ew

other:
yoga on
YouTube by me:
PRO videos 2015 2016
Archive home yoga – English

Rock Star Writer, my blog dedicated to Bon Jovi, sex, and rock n roll.
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You can find my books The Little Mistress Who Turned Into A Baby Koala
and A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
and White Tigress Yoga Workbook
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beginner friendly playlists from my channel:
I m currently restoring my older work. New yoga videos to support our Daily Bon Jovi Yoga / Rock Star Yoga are set for  late June.