“I’m too busy to go to yoga class today.”
“When things calm down, I’ll start practicing regularly again.”
“I can’t start doing yoga right now. I don’t have time.”
Ever caught yourself saying these things? Falling into the busy trap happens to the best of us. Whether busy-ness has been an excuse to put off yoga or going to the gym or a fun new project or even something as simple as cooking dinner, it’s probably happened to you. And it’s true — most of us lead pretty busy lives! Between family and friends and work and school and taking care of our own selves and everything else, it feels like there’s not much time left.
A Few Minutes Is Enough Time
But here’s the thing – you don’t need much time to commit to yoga (or meditation, or whatever self-care activity you love). Just a few minutes a day can make a noticeable difference.
If you need some inspiration, check out Cheryl’s parking garage yoga practice. When she gets to work, she unrolls her mat in the parking garage and spends a couple minutes flowing. She’s not dressed in “yoga clothes” or going to a 3-hour backbend workshop with an experienced teacher at a fancy studio (although we all love yoga clothes and yoga workshops, right?); she’s just fitting her practice in when she can. She’s balancing her yoga time with everything else she’s got going on. She’s proving that any clothes can be yoga clothes, and you can be your own teacher.
5 More Ways to Make Time for Your Yoga
Maybe you don’t have a spacious parking garage with a lovely view all to yourself every morning. That’s ok! Here are a few more ways to maybe carve out a few minutes for yourself, even if it’s just to breathe!
- Wake up 15 minutes earlier. Maybe that means just skipping the snooze button once or twice. It might be easier than it sounds!
- Skip an episode. I love a Netflix binge as much as anyone else, but imagine how great you would feel if you spent those 20 minutes on a few sun salutations instead of another episode of Bob’s Burgers. Bonus: no one says you can’t do yoga while you’re watching TV.
- Multi-task with your errands. Pop up into tree pose while you’re in line at the grocery store. Do some breathing practice while you’re driving home. No matter how short it is, where you are, or what you’re doing – it’s all yoga, and it’s all good for you.
- Delegate. Can your kiddo clean the litterbox? Can your partner run to the grocery store this time? If there are people around you to support you, let them know that you need a few minutes a day to do some yoga, and I bet they’ll step up!
- Schedule it. Plan it. Put it on your to-do list and check it off, block off the time in your calendar, or whatever else works for you to show yourself and the world that you are spending these few minutes on you!
- Bonus: just get started. Just put everything else down (Quit reading this! Close your laptop!) and take some deep breaths and see what poses come to you. The world (probably) won’t fall apart while you do that.
Tell us, yogis! How do you fit yoga into your otherwise busy schedule?