On Yoga

13 Aug

I like to think I practice regularly.  But if I actually think about it, a good week is if I get to class once, and that doesn’t happen often.  I also like to think my morning yoga routine is satisfactory – but it is so brief, with a few cat/cows and down dogs to wake up my body that I can hardly count it.

I was reading an article about the countless benefits of yoga, and each study included that the participants practiced 3 times a week, or at least once a week regularly.  That got me thinking about how much more I’d like to actually practice yoga regularly, rather than think about it, read about it, or look at yoga pictures.

Then my brain begins to play the incredible mind game once I start thinking about unrolling my mat: ‘You don’t have enough time to dedicate to yoga now – you have emails to write, sessions to plan, dishes to clean, etc, etc.’ And it is so convincing I often buy into this banter.  I do have all those things to do.

But here is the sparkling gem.  When I make time for yoga, the rest of it gets done with more ease and grace than otherwise would have without yoga.   So now I am subbing this banter in: if you want to do this ‘to do list’ gracefully – get your butt on the mat for at least 30 minutes three times a day lady.  And don’t even try to listen to the excuses the mind will fabricate – because the mind is veeerrrryy good at making excuses.

Take a look at see where your excuses are giving you a way out either with exercise, diet, relationships, career, etc – and do what you know is going to be the best for you.   Because we all know what it is that we could be doing.

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