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I can not count how many times a student has told me that he has no time for a daily yoga practice. They tend to start with "I really can not find an extra hour in my day". Then they tell me that they can not memorize enough posts to practice alone. So they come to class once a week and think about it.
Practicing yoga once a week is wonderful, but daily practice is essential if you really want to take advantage of your yoga practice.
Let's start with the misconception that you have to do yoga for an hour to make it count. Doing yoga for only five to ten minutes a day will pay off in the long run. Everyone's life is busy. But we have to set all priorities. Why not get up ten minutes earlier and do some yoga poses while the coffee is cooking? This sets the tone for your day and awakens your mind and body.
You really do not need to know all the yoga poses that you have practiced in the classroom to start your own yoga practice at home. Start with a pose. Pay close attention to this pose the next time you encounter it in class. Then take it home and practice it every day. Next week, add another pose. After just a few months, you know enough jobs to have a well-rounded personal practice. As simple as that!
After eliminating the two main excuses for not practicing yoga on a daily basis, let's talk about a few others I've heard. "I do not have time to wear my yoga clothes just to practice a few minutes." So do not worry about your yoga clothes. Practice in the morning in pajamas. Practice in your underwear when changing clothes after work. Practice in your comfortable clothes before you go to bed.
Another excuse is that they only have free moments when they work. Practice yoga on your desk chair! Here's a very gentle series that can be done anywhere you sit - at your desk, at the breakfast table, in the car (please do not drive while you're driving!) Idea!
First sit comfortably on a chair and place your feet firmly on the floor. The hands rest gently on your lap.
Inhale and lift your head straight up - feel your ears continue to lift off your shoulders. As you exhale, let your head come forward - chin to the chest. Rest in this posture for 5-15 breaths. Relax your shoulders, keep your back as straight as possible, and keep your mouth soft. Inhale as you bring the head back to the chin parallel to the ground position. Exhale quietly.
Inhale and raise your head again. As you exhale, turn your head to look over your right shoulder. Keep your chin parallel to the floor and keep your shoulders down and relaxed. Rest in this posture for 5-15 breaths. Inhale as you bring your head back to the forward position. Repeat the sequence on the left side.
Inhale and raise your head again. As you breathe out, place your right ear down toward your right shoulder. Keep your shoulders down and relaxed - do not force this! Make sure that you do not twist your neck but point your face all the way to the front. Rest in this posture for 5-15 breaths. Inhale as you bring the head back to the chin parallel to the ground position. Repeat the sequence on the left side.
Sounds easy, it really is! So stop making excuses and practice yoga. Your mind and body will thank you.