How to Yoga When There’s No Time to Yoga
We don’t have time-turners like Hermione Granger. I wish! Instead, we work 16+ hours a day between our offices, our homes, and our families. Even when we get a “break,” we can’t help but continue to check our e-mails, to make sure all our families’ needs are met, or some other obligation appears.
In today’s 24 hours you can barely find a minute to think straight. You woke up to a kitty crying for food, the mess in the kitchen from last night’s late dinner, and you have only an hour before you need to leave for work where you will give a presentation (so you actually need to look professional today). You leave for work, sit in traffic, and now you’re running late. Once you get to the office the real chaos begins. Everyone needs everything from you at the same time. You swallow your lunch whole as you make last minute preparations for your presentation. After your presentation more people need more things of you. Instead of being in the office for 8 hours today, you were there for 10. You rush home and cook dinner with lightning speed because you have guests arriving in 10 minutes. Your husband is doing what he can to get the house straightened up because he knows, even though you’re calm on the outside, you’re absolutely freaking out on the inside. Things are great for the rest of the evening. Dinner is great, the company is great, wine is great…and it’s already midnight. You have to be up at 6:30 tomorrow to start the routine again, so it’s time for bed.
Sound familiar? That is almost exactly how today was for me. Something is missing, though. Where did you insert Yoga into that crazy schedule? If you answered: “I didn’t,” “That’s impossible,” or “Yoga, what’s Yoga?” then I’m glad you found me!
6:00 Wake Up
Your alarm goes off at 6:30 every morning. I know how hard it is to get moving. I groan as I roll my body out of bed, barely making an effort to stand up straight. I promise you, this little trick is worth it.
Instead of setting your alarm for 6:30, set it for 6:00. When it goes off, spend the next few moments with your eyes closed, stretching your arms overhead and your toes to the foot-board. Gently pull your knees into your chest and hug your whole body tight. Crunch your face, your toes, your fists, your knees into your chest, and suck your tummy in as much as you can. As you release, roll onto your side. Flutter open your eyes, stretch your legs out one by one, and slowly sit up on the edge of the bed. Wiggle your toes, straighten out your arms, and make your way onto your feet. Once you’re standing, gently fold forward with no intention of touching your toes. Just hang there for a moment. When you rise, stretch your arms overhead one more time and take a subtle back-bend. Return to center and see how you feel.
You just did some morning Yoga before you even took a step away from bed! Move slowly and stretch deeply. Give yourself that half hour to make deliberate, yet gentle movements to get your blood flowing.
TAKE A LUNCH BREAK! I’m guilty of working through mine, I confess. If you work more than 6 hours in a day, you legally have to take a break. So take one.
I don’t know about you, but I eat fairly quickly. Fifteen minutes and I’m done! So take 15 to 45 minutes before you eat for some Yoga. Is there a break room, gym, empty conference room, or a large bathroom nearby? The bathroom in my office is my personal favorite. It’s quiet, it’s warm, very few people use it, and it’s super clean (I’m not exaggerating; this bathroom is pristine). I do some sun salutations, a few deep lunges, touch my toes, and take a couple chest openers and back-bends.
Your whole body takes a silent beating working a desk job, so lunch is the perfect time to get in a Vinyasa or two letting your body know, “Hey, I still love you!”
5:30-10:00 Yogi’s Choice
Alright so you can take it from here. You’ve already added Yoga before you got out of bed and while you were at work. Now it’s up to you! Go to your favorite studio, practice in the park, tune in to some Bad Yogi classes online, or spend some time meditating. After a busy day, that is my very favorite thing to do. Most nights I meditate myself to sleep. It’s terrific!
How do you insert Yoga into your busy schedule? Leave your creative Yoga moments in the comments below!