“Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn
Carving out 15 minutes of your day to practice yoga isn’t selfish or self-indulgent. It's smart and responsible. You need to put your own oxygen mask on first so that you can be there for your loved ones, colleagues and the strangers you haven’t even met yet.
It’s your job to start the day fully-charged and with a clear head, before launching into the chaos and unknown.
Looking after yourself is your responsibility. It’s up to you to invest in your own health and resiliency so that you can bring your best self to the world.
Create a sanctuary
“Outer order contributes to inner calm.” Gretchen Rubin
Spaces are important to us. A carefully designed space impacts our psychology and physiology in many profound, mysterious and unconscious ways. With this knowledge, we can architect our environment to trigger our chosen state.
Try to find a quiet place for your mat where you have sufficient space and light. This is your sanctuary. A safe space that is free from clutter, where you won’t be interrupted, and in which you feel calm and unscattered.
Yoga is different to other physical disciplines in that it requires your undivided attention as well as complete awareness of everything that is going on in your body and mind. When you go to the gym, it can help to put on motivating music to distract you from the pain of pushing yourself to your limit. In yoga, we feel everything. Likewise, it can be fun and rewarding to exercise with your kids. But yoga is not about your family. Yoga is about you.
Creating a pleasant environment for your yoga practice is something that you have more control over than other aspects of your life, so use this to your advantage.
Put in the reps
“Repetition is the mother of skill.” Tony Robbins
By practising in the same place every day, you create environmental triggers and associations that will prompt you to automatically drop into your 'yoga space’. These cues strengthen with each successive repetition, making this process of dropping in increasingly rapid and seamless.
As soon as you step onto your mat, your nervous system relaxes, your breath slows down and your body and mind start to let go of tension.
Now you’re ready to start your practice.
Let me know if you have any questions about setting up your yoga space, equipment or how to get the most out of your home practice. I have lots of ideas about this!