An apple a day keeps the doctor away? That’s great, until you run out of apples. Factor in the logistics and that daily apple takes a lot of energy to maintain. Doing yoga regularly is pretty much the same. The time to practice is only created by intention to do it. Keeping your yoga space clean and accessible is a key part of that.
I had some guests over the other night and, in a tiny apartment, that means the yoga props got stowed away. I have a nifty bench that hold all my props and then seats two. Voila! I suddenly have space for guests. The next day I cleaned up and did other work but I missed my practice. The day after that I felt sore. Since I hadn’t taken any of my yoga stuff out of storage, I let my practice slide.
Today, I made myself pull the mat out and stand on it. I didn’t have time to do more than that. Just the act of getting the mat out was a move in the right direction. I had an exciting day and when I got home my yoga mat practically called my name. I did various poses that help me feel grounded until my shoulders relented. I found so much space in my shoulders I think my arms are longer.
So, I am more likely to practice if I keep my mat where I can see it. Feels like a “duh” moment. Oh! I also discovered that folding my mat in half twice is just as compact as a rolled mat. I save so much time from that. But that’s just a personal preference.
Go-To Grounding Poses (for me):
– Uttanasana- Supported Adho Mukha Svanasana
– Supported Adho Mukha Virasana
– Supta Padangustasana I & II
– Long Svasana