Sunday 17 July 2016

A glimpse into my real yoga practice

Today I want to try something a little bit different. I taped the first part of my practice yesterday, without do-overs, edits, or pretty music overlays. I don't know if it's in any way useful, but I have gotten quite a few questions about my yoga practice, and I thought I would share what a basic practice looks like.

In an ideal world I would practice every day for an hour. In reality, I'm happy when I get 15 or 20 minutes 4-5 times a week. 
I've learnt that if I put too much pressure on myself, I'm setting myself up for failure. Expecting too much will result in doing nothing at all. So in my mind, I only commit to 5 minutes. "I'll do a couple of sun salutations and some stretches", I promise myself. Nothing more. Almost always, I end up being on my mat for longer, because once I get started, I enjoy it too much to stop. But even if I stop after 5 minutes, I chalk it up as success, not failure. I'd rather do a little bit regularly, than one big practice once every two weeks.  

Anyway. Here are 15 minutes of yesterday's practice:

There are a couple interruptions, which is normal and doesn't bother me. Sometimes I practice in the living room when Rich is sitting on the kitchen table in the background, and we're having a conversation. Outside I'm always being love-attacked by the dogs, who feel the overwhelming urge to smother me with kisses. Yoga is part of my life, and my life is pretty messy. And that's okay!

I'm not a yoga teacher (yet - I'm seriously considering taking up yoga teacher training next year), so I don't want to give wrong instructions about the poses. 

If you're new to the practice and look for a slow 20-minute flow, check out Candace's 20 video:

It's a great introduction to vinyasa yoga. Did you try it out?

Before I go, I want to share one of the many inspiration videos I love to watch. Here's my girl Kino, doing what she does best: 

Incredible, isn't she? One day, one day ...

Have a happy Sunday!


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