I know for myself and the busy schedule I have, it can be very hard to practice yoga on a daily basis. There are lots of articles and publications out there stating that one has to practice daily to be able to achieve the highest of bliss. With some types of yoga this is the case and some can consistently wake up in the morning and religiously go through their hour practice, sick or tired (you're a trooper!). The truth is that the majority of us have very busy schedules. Whether it be jobs, children, or just a busy life in general, some days we just cannot seem to fit our yoga practice in everyday.
I have some good news for you, you can fit it in everyday! Yoga isn't just about practicing the postures (asana) and perfecting them. Yoga is about building on the mind and spirit as well. The word "asana" also means "seat" (contrary to our western language defining it as a posture). Sitting in your practice is huge (great, right!). This means you can be sitting at your desk or sitting at home, standing even. Yoga consists of many other things besides postures, two of them being pranayama (breath) and meditation. These can be done in our day to day activities (I mean we breathe all day to stay alive anyway right?). So whether its taking 5 minutes out of your day or taking 5 hours out of your day, yoga is something we can all gain from.
I've added some exercises that will only take you a few minutes to do. Something for one of those busy, busy days to keep you grounded when you're about to fall apart:
Alternate nostril breathing
Meditation focusing the attention on a single object during the whole meditation session. This object may be the breath, a mantra, visualization, part of the body, external object, etc. As the practitioner advances, his ability to keep the flow of attention in the chosen object gets stronger, and distractions become less common and short-lived. Both the depth and steadiness of his attention are developed.
Instead of focusing the attention on any one object, we keep it open, monitoring all aspects of our experience, without judgment or attachment. All perceptions, be them internal (thoughts, feelings, memory, etc.) or external (sound, smell, etc.), are recognized and seen for what they are. It is the process of non-reactive monitoring of the content of experience from moment to moment, without going into them.
"Your body and your mind are one, if your mind isn't clear than your body isn't either"
Thanks to these sites for help with the exercises:
When Cassie and I first created MoonCoast Yoga I could not wait to start writing blog posts. Well here we are, almost one year after creating MoonCoast, and this is our first post! Let's just say we have been busy!
Just one of the things that I love about yoga is the diversity of it. Your practice is your practice, you can do what you want with it. Some people like music with yoga, while others not so much. I'm one of those people who loves finding a new song to flow or zen-out to. There are some days though, where I prefer a quiet practice without any background sounds. When it comes to tuneage during your mat time, there is no right or wrong. It's up to you!
I use spotify to discover new artists and songs, and to create my class playlists. While doing housework, or checking emails I am usually similtaneously listening to music and looking for a great new song to play during my practice or in class. You can find me on Spotify under the name "Ciara Stevens."
We would love to know what songs you love to practice to. Please share them with us in the comments section at the bottom :)
Below I have shared a few of my favorite yoga playlists with you. Enjoy!