Have the winter blahs got you down? Are you out of practice with yoga or your other exercise routine?
When I first started yoga, my practice was off and on, as well. I would rent a DVD and practice a few times a week, and I would attend class when I could get a babysitter for my son, River. I didn't even know about the idea of having a regular "daily practice."
After many years of this, I felt like I wanted more. I liked how yoga made me feel, during and after each class and each practice. I wanted to experience how my teachers felt doing a practice every day, but this was more difficult for me than I thought it would be.
I've always been one to pile a lot on my plate. I guess I just like to be busy. Adding yoga to my daily routine just
didn't seem to fit with a full-time teaching job, a child, running, taking care of a house, and everything else. So, how was I tomanage yoga along with all of that? I found an answer on my computer - "3 Poses a Day."
This was something that I could fit into my tight schedule. Anyone could do just three poses every day. It only takes a few minutes. And this is how it started. I would plan to only do three poses. If I didn't have much time, that's all it would be. If I had more time, and I started with the three poses, I would feel so good that I would usually keep going. That's how my practice evolved into 30-minutes to 90-minutes of practicing yoga each day.
This morning, as I unfolded my blanket to do my practice with Shawn still sleeping in the bed next to me, I started with a Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). As I pressed my finger tips into the wall to help keep me from slipping, I was reminded of why I practice each day. Minutes later, as I twisted into Maricyasana I, I felt my spine awaken. And towards the end of my practice, as I extended forward in Pascimottanasana (seated forward bend), I noticed a length and a softness that doesn't always come.
A daily yoga practice means getting to know yourself a little better, day by day, pose by pose. Maybe you've just started yoga. Maybe you've been doing a regular, or irregular, practice for years now. Whatever your situation, if you'd like to "Spring Back" into your yoga practice, it's easy.
Take out your mat right now and practice. Don't have a mat? Can't do that? Then, stop whatever you're doing and sit up tall. Breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Notice each full, complete breath and feel gratitude. There, you just did it. Your yoga practice.
Hi! I'm Maya!
A yoga teacher, juice bar owner, freelance writer and mom. I love simple, tiny living, and am mildly obsessed with vanlife and dogs. I love travel, getting outside, and the challenge of cooking from scratch with a few simple ingredients. Thanks for visiting my site. Feel free to email me with questions, feedback, or to connect in any way!