Last year I was blessed with a lot of time and few responsibilities. I was doing my exchange at a foreign university and life was simply perfect. Therefore, I had both the time and energy to make yoga my number one priority.
Don’t get me wrong, my first semester was about my duties as an exchange student – partying all the time, getting to know a lot of interesting people and possible studying a little bit – but my second semester was made for me and me alone. I had prolonged my stay from four months to a year – and this extra time was made for me.
So yoga was my number one priority and I went to as many yoga classes I possibly could. One week I went to ten classes – and my eating and sleeping patterns were adapted to my yoga studio’s schedule. Yoga was the most important thing in my life and I was going to get as much out of that time as possible.
“Hey, you wanna come with us to a party?” – “Nope, I have yoga in the morning.”
“Hey, wanna meet for lunch tomorrow?” – “I’d love to, my yoga class is finished at 11 am and my next one doesn’t start till 8 pm.”
On Sundays I would do one class at 9:30 am and one at 6:30 pm – both 90 minutes – so I would literally just have one meal that day – a bruncher 😉
But then I moved home – back to the real life, back to the responsibilities. And sometimes you have no energy left, so even though your soul craves yoga your body is exhausted and you have to wake up at 5:30 for your next shift. That transition for me was definitely difficult. However, I learned that there is always time for a teeny tiny bit of yoga. Therefore, I’d like to share with you a few tips and tricks to squeeze a bit more yoga into your life.
- Start your day off with a forward fold or a down dog – it will literally only take a minute.
- Like I’ve written about before – play one or two of your favourite songs – and do yoga as long as they last. Sometimes I simply need a few down dogs and wild things to get me back on track. If time is your issue, you absolutely must have those 3-6 minutes for this (do you possibly spend this time scrolling through your Facebook feed?). And if that is not going to work – choose either of those – or if you’re ready to go all the way, do both:
- Set your alarm 5-10 minutes earlier than usual, get out of bed and do your few songs of yoga, moving your body in ways that feels good.
- When you feel like going to sleep, play one or two – preferably relaxing – songs and do some restorative feel-good yoga, making you ready for sleep and possibly helping you fall asleep even faster.
- Do yoga while cooking. Like a totally normal yogi I tend to throw in a standing split and half moon pose while standing over the pots in the
- Do tree pose while brushing your teeth. For an extra challenge, close your eyes while brushing.
- Sitting with one leg in lotus position whenever you can – that’s an automatic for me now.
- Doing eagle arms every now and then throughout the day, especially if working at an office.
- Well, this is possible a weird one, but doing a forward fold grabbing your opposite elbows on your toilet break.
- Stretch your shoulders by the wall whenever you have the change.
- And when you get the change, give yourself the gift to do a whole yoga class. An hour thinking about nothing but your breath and your movement, re-energizing and grounding.
Whatever you do to make time for your yoga, make it your own. Take a silent walk in the park and make it your yoga practice for the day. Take five deep breaths and call it a day.
Know, in your heart, that you will always come back to this. Yoga will always be a part of your life. Make it your own.