We’ve all done it. Made those excuses about attending class or doing our home practice – weather’s too hot/wet/cold (delete as appropriate), the to do list is too long to spare any time, the kids lego collection needs organizing or whatever other random reason you can come up with to avoid practice.
We all have busy lives and countless pulls on our time and energy but practicing yoga, for whatever amount of time you can, has sooo many benefits. If you’re really not feeling it, focus on breathing for just a moment. A single breath might become one minute which might become five which might turn into ten.
Here are seven short and sweet tips for keeping your yoga going on those days when you’re really can’t be asana’d
1. Set up your mat in your home somewhere that you can’t avoid seeing or stepping on it. Beside the bed is a good place because you can transition from sleep, to wake up, to practice with barely a footstep! Then spend a few minutes doing a couple of simple seated poses or quietly meditate.
2. Get out of bed or go to bed ten minutes earlier and bookend your daywith yoga. Ten minutes is enough time for ten poses held for 60 seconds each.
3. Spend half a day logging all of the time you spend doing something digitally. Just note down all those odd moments of checking phones, laptops and tablets. Browsing on Amazon, randomly scrolling through Instagram or getting sidetracked to other sites from the news page are real time sucks of modern life. Note down how much time you are spending on digital stuff and it might surprise you just how much extra time your really have in your day. Excessive email checking could easily be traded in for balancing in garudasana or twisting into marichyasana.
If you’re really not feeling it, focus on breathing for just a moment. A single breath might become a minute which might become five or ten minutes.
4. Wherever you are, practice. Standing in the grocery store line check your alignment and practice tadasana. Clean your teeth in vrksasana. Gently twist left and right as you sit at your desk. Be mindful of making every moment of every day count.
5. Yoga isn’t just physical. Take a few brief moments to practice mindfulness while you wait for the coffee to brew. Go for a quick neighborhood walk observing your surroundings and focusing on your breath. Spend a few minutes reading from a classic yoga text or spiritual book before you turn to your cellphone or TV remote.
6. Make every moment count by being accountable. Create a habit of your yoga and meditation practice by keeping a simple practice tracker like this one which you can download here for free.
7. And if you really can’t function without picking up a gadget, try out one of the many apps available for meditation and mindfulness. Instead of aimlessly checking Facebook listen to a mindfulness app in bite size pieces for a couple of minutes and see where it takes you.
What do you do to change your mind and inspire yourself to practice when you’re really not feeling it?