Hello wonderful people. I hope this finds you well. As we head into the especially busy season of the year, I wanted to put together a practice for myself that would feel accessible even on crazy days. I thought maybe you all would enjoy it as well.
Remember, even little bits of yoga add up and have benefits of lowered stress, feeling calmer, and allow space for authentic joy and appreciation in our lives. Let me know how you are doing with your practice and how I can support you.
You can practice these asanas individually or in a sequence. Let’s get started.
I always start with my breathe when I feel busy or overwhelmed. It is always with me and I find myself unconsciously taking a deep breath all day long. My boys have started doing it as well. So cute!
The easiest method to use in any situation is simply learning to slow down your breath. Inhale to the count of 4, hold for a count of 4, exhale to the count of 4, hold for a count of 4, repeat. Over time, you can play around with increasing the count. Practicing controlling your breath will help calm your nervous system, relax your body, and quiet your mind.
Before you get out of bed, take a few moments to find a happy baby or a reclined cobblers pose. I especially love Happy Baby to start the day. It’s a good reminder to go out into the world feeling playful, happy, and in touch with your inner child.
3. Forward Fold.
Whether we spend most of our day seated or on our feet, we can all use a little stretch, a little release of the lower back, and a lengthening of our hamstrings. Take a few short breaks each day to stretch and release physical tension. Standing up with your feet flat on the ground, just fold forward as far as you can, bringing your hands down to the ground, to your shins, or to a block. Allow some bend in your knees if you prefer. You can even rest your forehead on your knees, giving yourself a little nervous system reset.
On the days when I skip my mat, I always say, “Well, at least I practiced Savasana in bed.” When I go to bed, instead of just getting into my usual position for sleeping, I get into Savasana.
To try this, lie flat on your back, allow your arms and legs to extend and relax. Breathe deeply at first, and then forget about your breathingSurrender. Feel as if you are melting into your bed. Dissolving. You might fall asleep. Give yourself a few minutes here before switching your brain to sleep mode.
5. Live your practice.
Yoga isn’t just about the movements or breath. It’s what we learn on the mat. The lessons of strength, focus, perseverance, awareness, self-acceptance ultimately take us into our lives. When you feel too busy to hit the mat, consider one lesson you’ve learned on the mat and challenge yourself to carry what you learned off the mat and into your day.
Regardless of how busy you are, you can always choose to live your life in a way that reflects the principles and purpose of yoga. In that way, you are weaving yoga into your daily life.
As we barrel towards 2019, what are your yoga goals? What feelings do you want to grab a hold of with both hands next year? And how about today? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email.
Namaste my friends. Take care of yourself in this season.