“ I don’t have enough time.” Does this sentence sound familiar? A large amount of people use this excuse for dozens of things, one of which is a reason to not practice yoga daily. Most of us who have taken a yoga class know that feeling of pure bliss we experience after walking out of a yoga class. We also know the immense benefits we reap from a daily and continuous yoga practice. So why don’t we “have time” for this blissful practice?
Though we’d like to aim for a full one to two hour class each day, even a 10 minute flow after crawling out of bed in the mornings or right before heading back at night can improve your health, mood and ensure you a more stress-free week.
- If you don’t have time, make time.
- You’re not practicing yoga for anyone else’s benefit other than your own. You practice because something deep within you craves it - your mind, your body, your soul… or simply because you know it’s something healthy for your body. Ask yourself, why do you practice yoga? Use your answer to this question as your inspiration to make time forward practice.
2) Keep your yoga mat handy.
- If you’re practicing after waking up or before going to sleep, keep your mat near your bed. Perhaps leave it open right beside your bed so that it’s waiting for you when the time comes to practice. Do you practice in your living room? Leave it on your couch so it’s in your way before settling down on your couch in the afternoon.
3) Do yoga in bed!
- Before you go to sleep or right after your alarm goes off in the morning try a few of these postures!
- Sit facing a wall, lie back and slide your legs up the wall, moving closer to or further from the wall depending on how your legs are feeling. Relax your arms out to your side and breath deeply. If you’ve got discomfort in your hips, try placing a pillow beneath your hips!
- Seated spinal twist! Seated side stretch! Pigeon! Seated forward fold (perhaps resting your chest on a set of pillows)! Childs pose! Supine butterfly! Supine twist! Happy baby! Fish! Knees-to-chest! Savasana - maybe not in the mornings…
4) Plan your flow!
- If you’re not wanting to think of a new flow each day, plan a simple flow that’s at your level or find an online video, there are literally thousands on youtube!
5) Be understanding.
- If you don’t make it to the mat every day, be kind to yourself. Sometimes we get thrown more than we can hold and juggling becomes difficult. Practicing yoga off the mat is equally as important as practicing the physical postures. Practicing stress-management, controlled breathing and a let-it-go attitude are all examples of what yoga is about: finding steadiness of mind in each action of our day.
6) Practice breathing throughout the day.
- Seems silly right, we all breathe without even thinking about it. What I mean is I want you to truly breathe throughout the day. Be aware of your breathing during times of stress, notice your breathing before a big presentation or performance, is it short, hollow or ragged? Take a moment to inhale, deepest you have all day, and exhale long and steady. Repeat this as many times as you feel needed and notice your body, mind and spirit begin to relax and calm.