When it comes to workout routines, we’re all about rocking a sweet crow pose on a tranquil mountaintop, but the truth is: most of us find it challenging just to fit in a quick stretch between work/friends/family/Netflix. So much of our journey is about finding balance between our day-to-day responsibilities and a #healthylifestlye. How? At Love Grace, we bring our passion to the mat for a daily dose of mindful, yoga movement!
One easy way to incorporate yoga into your busy schedule: start small. Many people hear the word ‘yoga’ and visualize a crowded room of yogis standing on their heads for two hours, while chanting Sanskrit and sipping green sunshine. Well, we’re here to assure you yoga can exist in the simplicity of being present in a meeting or even just allowing yourself a few deep inhales throughout your day.
Looking to energize your body? Think tall. If you sit a desk, try taking a stretch-break every hour. Either stand – equal weight in both feet – or stay seated and reach the arms long by your ears and up towards the ceiling. Keep reaching your fingertips higher as you extend through your side waist. Most importantly, don’t forget to breathe. Even when you’re walking around, see if you can stand a little taller by broadening the chest and expanding through the ribcage.
Another daily practice you can do just about anywhere: meditation. Even just 3 minutes of silence for self-reflection can go a long way. If you’re not sure how to meditate, check out our meditation blog post here. If the mind starts to wander, let the sounds of your breath carry you back. This exercise will begin to cool down your nervous system and bring you back to the present, which is exactly where you’re supposed to be.
If all else fails: seek rest. Savasana, full relaxation pose, is commonly practiced at the end of a yoga class. Many people opt out at the end so they can get back to their busy schedule, but it’s actually one of the most important poses. Without rest (and proper nutrition), your body begins to run on empty and eventually burns out resulting in fatigue, illness and dis-ease. The easiest way you can bring yoga into your every day life is allowing yourself a few minutes to disconnect and rest. Trust me, your body will thank you.
Still feeling overwhelmed? Try: nature. A stroll in the park or even just stepping outside for a minute can help create mind/body balance. The outdoors is very calming to the senses, which may very likely be on overload by the time you get fresh air. Consider this mini excursion your reward for all the hard work you do and feel the gratitude of your many blessings. Taking a few moments to slow down, my gorgeous spirits, is the art of yoga.