I wrote you a blog post this morning, one I was really proud of. Then I hit the save button and viola gone. The square space page froze and there went the last two hours. I was already running on fumes from not enough sleep. If you're day has been like that even if it was also filled with good then this short and sweet slow flow is for you.
Once a week I plan on releasing a short yoga video for you. It's part of an on going series called "wake up, center, and stretch". We'll start with a little mindfulness and then move into movements to stretch and wake up the body. We'll keep them short. If you want a longer flow you can link the videos together.
If you are waiting for things to be perfect to have a home yoga practice you will never have a home yoga practice. If you are waiting for a room devoted to yoga, or a full hour to be able to practice every day you will never have a home practice. The best advice I ever received was practice every day even if you only have 10 minutes. 10 minutes every day is better than an hour once a week. This serves me well even today.
Before I became a yoga teacher I thought yoga teachers had these perfect home yoga practices. They must have whole rooms in their house devoted to nothing but their mat, a mediation cushion possibly a Buddha, and a stereo. They must have these perfect hour-long daily practices at 4am where cares just fall away and they lose track of time they are so in the moment.
Yeah, not true. Well, I sorta have a yoga room, but it's also sorta filled with boxes and other things too and there are many dust bunnies full of dog hair floating around. There is a dog that I know I should put in another room, but he sits in the same room watching me. I normally have time to practice right when I get home from work not early in the morning and I rarely get more than 30 minutes let alone an hour. The house is normally a disaster zone because even though I'm great at many things, I am not great at keeping a clean house. There are oodles of distractions around me. It's just like normal life. A normal life and a home yoga practice go hand in hand.
Tonight when I got on my mat, I found myself distracted because I was using my least favorite mat (yes, yoga teachers or at least this yoga teachers acquire multiple mats) and I kept slipping. Then I noticed the floor needed cleaning, and the dog being curious about what I was doing. Then I remembered it was about the breath not those other things. For a few minutes I was able to stay with my breath and then I quickly got distracted again. I noticed and then I tried to take it inward once again. I wasn't very grounded tonight. Getting on my mat and trying in the first place was the reason I noticed.
My message is don't wait for the situation to be perfect, Don't wait until you have enough time. Just go get on your mat for 10 minutes even if you lay in savasana breathing for all 10 minutes.