Are you crazy busy? Is there hardly a moment to catch a breath? Is your significance tied to how much you work and how much you accomplish?
We must retrain ourselves to be, not just to do; to live, not just work. It can take time and awareness to rewire yourself, but it’s not an impossible task — and you can make a significant headway with 15-30 minutes of daily yoga practice.
The best advice I can give you is to make yoga a part of your morning ritual. This means going to bed 15 minutes earlier so your yoga practice doesn’t cut into your sleep time.
One of the most significant ways to support your home practice is to practice with a member of your family or a friend. Being held accountable by others can get you to the mat on the dreariest of days. Once you get to the mat, the magic often takes over after a couple of minutes and you find yourself vibrating with the music of yoga.
For many years, my friend would come over at 6 a.m. We would sit in a yoga posture, sometimes using yoga props, and do the word jumble game in the newspaper together. After sitting and gradually waking up, our bodies would often tell us what to practice. We’d start with asana practice, then move on to pranayama and end with some meditation. What a great way to start the day — centered, awake, internal, and listening.
On the occasions that I do miss my morning practice, I notice a difference in how I am in the world. Taking that time for yourself helps you be more present, grounded, patient and open to the little moments of joy (a loved one’s laughter, the taste of a fresh tomato, the way light streams into your window) that happen all day long.
Cofounder of the Gaiam Yoga Studio
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