A little bit of yoga a day keeps the doctor away… here are some creative ways for you to integrate your yoga practice into your daily routine.
Practicing yoga is not always about getting a sweaty workout. People practice many different types of yoga to benefit in different ways. For example, there is restorative yoga, which helps the body to relax and open up; and there are yoga breathing techniques you can practice which can help to clear the mind and focus the brain. If you set aside a small amount of time during each day to practice some yoga, you can benefit from it even more in your everyday life.
When you think of a yoga practice; yoga mats, yoga pants, yoga blocks and a big spacious gym might come to mind, but you don’t necessarily need all of these things for your yoga practice. It all depends on what kind of yoga you want to do and what the space or situation caters for. For example, you are not likely to want to lug your yoga mat to work with you, or get it out if you work in an office or a school, because you may not feel comfortable or want to draw attention to yourself. It may not be appropriate either if say, you work in a hospital or spend your lunch break in a busy canteen.
The first thing to think about is where in your working day is it most likely that you can put aside 5-20 minutes for your yoga? Is it at home before you leave for work? Is it on a tea or lunch break? Is it at the end of your working day before you leave, or on your way home? Do you have kids, and will this affect you being able to carve out some time in the evening? Try to figure out when the most suitable time for your yoga is, and realistically how much time you can dedicate to your practice, even if it is only 5 minutes.
Once you have decided when you are going to do your yoga practice, you will then need to make some preparations so that when it comes to doing your yoga practice there will be nothing to put you off. The time of the day you find most convenient for a spot of yoga will tell you where you are most likely able to do your practice. Here are some ideas…
If you take yoga seriously, it might be a good idea to create an area in your home that is like a feel-good retreat; a place you can go to whenever you want to practice your yoga, rest or meditate. Here are some things to consider in designing your very own yoga spa area in your own home.
It is always an inspiration to discover how other people make yoga a part of their everyday lives. If you have any special routines or yoga tips you would like to share, leave your ideas in the comments section below, and don’t forget to comment on other people’s ideas too!
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