Do you ever feel as if you have so many things to do that you don’t know where to start? I know I can sometimes feel that way with yoga. I suddenly get the opportunity to have some time on the mat, then I think – where do I start?
Now I have a baby, the amount of time I have alone is way less than before, so I’m determined more than ever to make the most of the precious time I have to do yoga. I don’t want to waste time having to think what poses to do.
Before pregnancy and birth I’d get up in the morning and do a 45 minute yoga practice before even brushing my teeth. It was just part of my day.
Things are different now, I have a baby to look after so these days I practice yoga whenever I can. This has meant a different outlook on my practice. This is what I’ve changed…
1. Be an opportunist
In the past, I’d practise at the same time each day – it was my time which I’d dedicate to yoga. Now I realise I have to be an opportunist and grab every chance: 10 minutes in the park, 20 minutes before bed. I stop myself from thinking ‘I don’t have enough time for a ‘proper’ yoga practice’. Anything I can fit in makes me feel better. I’m always glad I did something even if it was just 6 minutes fitted in before my son wakes up.
2. Start with sun salutations
Sun salutations are great! Perfect for warming up and ideal if you only have a short amount of time. Sun salutations stretch out most parts of your body in a short time. The American magazine and website ‘Yoga Journal’ has a great video of the sun salutation sequence and a version for beginners which is useful if your legs are stiff.
The other great thing about the sun salutation sequence is you can tack on other poses as you go through. For example, if your ankles are throbbing you could add this in at the start of your salutation or if you want to work on your pelvic floor, downward dog is the perfect place to start.
3. Sitting and breathing is yoga too
Remember you don’t have to be doing a yoga pose to be doing yoga. Just sitting in a comfortable position and taking 5 or 10 minutes before bed to be somewhere quiet and focus on your breathing will do so much for your state of mind.
Making these 3 changes has really worked for me and meant I do manage to fit yoga in to my life. OK, it’s never going to beat going to a class for an hour and a half of blissful practice but right now that’s not an option I can take.
I’m not going to have a small baby for ever so doing a bit here and bit there is working for me and I hope this gives you some ideas which might work for you.