Find Your Optimal Practice Time – It’s a nice idea to think that I could start the day with a refreshing yoga practice or that I could finish with a rejuvenating flow just before bed, but it just doesn’t work for me. Instead, I practice in the afternoon while my toddler is napping. It works out great because that’s just about the time when my patience starts to thread thin and I need that practice to help me get through the rest of the day. So find a practice time that you can make work for you.
Quality is the Most Important Thing – Once I let go of the idea that I needed to practice at least 30 minutes every day, my practice suddenly started to feel like it was more fulfilling. Some days I manage 10 minutes and other days I get a glorious hour. As long as I commit mind and body to the time frame, no matter how short or long it is, I benefit from it and I see progress.
Let Go of the Imperfect – There’s no such thing as a perfect practice. Sometimes my muscles are super tight and uncooperative. Sometimes the toddler doesn’t nap and is running around screaming like a crazy person while I try to practice. Sometimes my yoga pants are in the wash. I mean, seriously, if I let every little thing get in the way of me getting on the mat, it would never happen. Whatever it is…shake it off, work with it, let it go.
At the end of the day, I know that yoga is the key for me so I do what I can to make it happen. Maybe you have something like that in your life? Whatever it is. Find a way to make it work no matter what life is currently throwing at you and you’ll be better for it.
What makes your world go round and how do you make it work for you?