A Morning Yoga Practice. Curious?
This post is for all my fellow soul sisters who are out there doing what they do to make life happen with love in their hearts and not enough hours in their days. Those closet wellness warriors who know that they need to devote more time to Self nurture and Self love but who just can’t seem to get past the guilts if they dare even begin to start thinking about themSelves and not everyone else they are naturally devoting all their time and love to.
Raise your hand if you can relate to any of those things mentioned above. I definitely can. But at the beginning of this year I chose to live a little differently. And after beginning that change and following it through for 10 months now while still being devoted and nurturing and loving to my little family and while still working full time on two businesses I want to give you all some gentle encouragement. You can squeeze in a little time for yourSelf. And it won’t take you away from your family (actually it will bring you closer to them) nor will it cost you hundreds of dollars. Actually all it takes is a realisation followed by a strong commitment.
The realisation that you are worth it and a strong commitment made to yourSelf.
Here’s a brief explanation of one of the ways I have taken back a bit of time for me. I’ll expand on the details in future and regular posts but for now, briefly, here’s a little something that I have found that works for me.
I get up a little earlier than normal and do a bit of yoga.
I’ve developed a strong morning home yoga routine. This little night owl does not find it easy to get up early. Oh my gracious no. But I never, ever regret rolling out of bed half an hour or so earlier and moving my body. Benefits? There are many. The main ones for me personally are:
1) I am noticing my mind is a clearer. I’m more content and positive. I start the day feeling good that I have done something physical and I feel stronger and more Self confident;
2) I am so much more productive in the mornings (I certainly did not see that one coming). I get a few extra domestic jobs done which frees up more time for work straight after school drop off;
3) I sleep so much deeper at night; and best of all
4) I feel like I’m a better little human being for it. A better mother, a better daughter, a better sister, a better friend. I don’t have the same hang ups as I did. I am more open minded. I don’t feel under as much pressure and stress which is a welcomed benefit for all of us with our busy lives.
I aim now to get out of bed by 5:30am as often as I can. But sometimes it’s even earlier! Last Wednesday I rose at 4:30am – yes, I was in bed by 9pm that night. And sometimes it’s a little later however I try not to go past 6am. With daylight saving here in Australia I am actually rising with the sun. It’s so magical my friends! And yes, some mornings it’s hard, really, really hard but like I said there isn’t a day when I regret doing it. I started slow aiming for 2 early mornings a week. Then I increased it to 3 and so on. Now I even get up a bit earlier on the weekends. Because I want too!
The words ‘yoga practice’ for me personally mean an actual physical yoga which can be anything from 10 – 45 minutes and/or meditation. My goal in the morning is not to perfect a complicated pretzel like inverted yoga pose. Heck no. I’ve only just been able to touch my toes! No my loves. My goal is only to get my body moving. To find a flow. Sun Salutations are ideal for this (see below) and once you get the hang of this sequence it feels beautifully freeing. Sun Salutations are fabulous for toning too. Some mornings I do spend my time trying out some new poses I’ve learnt in class or that have come up in my Yoga Teacher Training course but again, nothing complicated, just new. Sometimes I simply sit on my mat or on my bed and meditate. I focus. I set intentions. I breathe – deeply and deliberately. It’s amazing how good you feel being still and doing nothing else but focusing on your breath. Basic stuff but oh so powerful and good for you.
Did I mention all of this is done in my PJ’s? No fancy, sexy yoga pants here my darlings. And I don’t have a ‘special space’ to practice in. Sometimes I take my mat outside. Now that the days are getting warmer doing a practice outside is pretty awesome especially when I’m doing Sun Salutations. Good morning sunshine you fabulous gift. Sometimes I just practice beside my bed or in my hallway with the front door open to let in the morning light and air. You don’t need a designated yoga studio sweeties. As long as you have enough room to move you can do your practice anywhere.
I’ve learnt a lot over the last 10 months by simply starting and sticking to it. My humble advise to you is… Remember this is your time. You are getting up early for you. Own it. You don’t have to have an extensive knowledge in yoga to start. In fact, here you go – watch the YouTube video below. It’s a 10 minute practice. And it’s the one I began with. I found it on YouTube literally by searching for a ’10 minute yoga for beginners’. Of course it’s going to seem weird to you if you haven’t done yoga before but just watch it a few times first. For the first couple of weeks I would stop and pause it. I’d try out the pose hit play then pause and try out the next one.
Yes you will feel clunky, and awkward and stop start-ish but that’s ok. You’re beginning. No one is watching. And honestly you’ll be amazed at how quickly you pick it up. Be kind to yourSelf. Remember to focus on simply being proud of yourSelf that you are up and you are moving your body. That right there is high five worthy.
Understand that this journey is a constant learning process and it’s amazing! Just start. Let go of any and all expectations. Just make the commitment to yourSelf and start moving that amazing and able body of yours. Lean into it. Begin slow and build up both with your movements and with how much time you spend on the mat. Whether you practice for 10 mins or 60 who cares?! Just as long as you get your body moving you will be doing a beautiful job. The rest will come. You’ll develop momentum and before you know it you will be exploring and experimenting and loving every second of your time. Your time on the mat will gradually and effortlessly increase and your ability to get up early will increase. Hey, if it can change this little night owls habits my guess it can change anyone!
I still try and attend one yoga class at least once a week. Being under the guidance of a teacher is invaluable to your progression and the energy that a group creates is amazing. But some weeks even one class is difficult for me to get too due to time constraints with work and family commitments. But I know that every morning I can make it happen at home.
Are you curious? That’s usually where wonderful journeys begin, with a single spark of curiosity. All you have to do is take that first step – realise that you are worth it and make a strong commitment to your beautiful Self. If I can encourage you let me know.
Wishing you a fabulous start to your week! XO
This is the Sun Salutation YouTube I used also. I like it because it gets straight into it and it’s only 3 minutes long. It’s basic and straight forward. Once you get the hang of it you will flow. Again, remember to take your time.