5 tips for infusing yoga into your daily life (no matter how busy you are)
GUEST POST BY SUSANA FRIONI.
That white space on your schedule that was originally booked for yoga, has somehow been taken over with answering emails, taking that phone call, finishing that project, catching up with friends, taking care of the family, attending that social event, scrolling through social media, and working longer hours.
And it’s starting to take its toll…on your body, your mind and your soul.
You have less energy. You’re more irritable and emotional. You’re a scatterbrain. Your temper is short. Your body is tense. Your joints creak. Your skin is feeling blah. You’re always second guessing yourself. Life feels cluttered and chaotic. And your creativity is blocked.
These are just some of the warning signs suggesting it’s time you cleared your schedule and made yoga a priority in your life (again).
Here are 5 tips to help you infuse yoga into your daily life no matter how busy you are (and you don’t even need to leave your home).
1. Make yoga part of your morning routine.
Making space for yoga first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day. Simple roll out the yoga mat, put your hands together in prayer, close your eyes and bring your awareness to your breath. Settle here for a few moments and check in with how you are feeling. If you feel compelled to do some yoga poses, do some yoga poses. If you feel compelled to practice for 60 minutes, practice for 60 minutes. If you feel compelled to practice to 5 minutes, practice for 5 minutes. If you feel compelled to meditate, meditate. (hint: I use the word compelled because it’s much better than doing something
2. Do yoga in your bed.
You can take your morning routine one step further by doing some yoga before you even get out of bed. Need some inspiration? You’ll find lots on YouTube. Simply search ‘Yoga in bed’.
3. Have a designated space devoted to yoga.
I have recently rearranged my apartment so I now have a designated space for practicing yoga where my mat is permanently rolled out. To add to it’s sacredness, you can add an altar with your favourite keepsakes and light a few candles or some incense.
4. Keep it simple.
Just because yoga classes are usually 1 – 2 hours doesn’t mean your home practice has to be. Stick with what you already know or focus on just a few poses instead of an entire sequence.
5. Create some playlists.
I usually love practicing yoga in silence when I’m at a studio, but when it comes to my home practice I love cranking the tunes (really loud). This is because there are so many distractions in my home that it requires a lot more effort for me to quiet my mind and draw my attention inward. So I use music to help me. If you’re needing some inspiration, use whatever music you’re currently loving or head to SoundCloud and search through the yoga playlists.
Author bio: Susana Frioni is a Life Coach, Vinyasa Yoga Teacher + Studio Coordinator based in Brisbane inspiring + empowering people to take the journey inward to heal + transform their lives. In her experience there is nothing more ecstatic + liberating than following your deepest truth + living it wholeheartedly. Susana is also the creator of Selfish For 27 days, an online program where women shamelessly put their health + happiness first.
Positive affirmation for the day: I am loyal to my dreams.
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