Simple Ways to do Daily Yoga
Posted on March 9th, 2017
Work, errands, the gym…it seems as if there’s not enough time in the day to do everything! Yoga, for example, has a plethora of physical and spiritual benefits but it can still be really hard making yoga a daily routine.
Here are some 3 simple ways to incorporate yoga into your daily life:
Do one pose
It might not always be realistic with a busy schedule to make a yoga class. That doesn’t mean that you have to skip it all together. If 20 minutes of yoga by yourself sounds overwhelming, start with only one pose. Maybe it’s seated wide angle pose or downward dog. Be an explorer in the pose you choose. Is your right or left side holding more tension? Do your hips feel tight? What is the quality of your breath? It’s your one pose of the day so do yourself a service and be fully present to reap all the benefits.
The pose you need might vary depending on the day, time and other factors. If the Ayurvedic dosha Vata is out of balance, you may feel anxious so grounding poses will be more helpful. A great way to release tension in the hips and reduce Vata is the revolved side angle pose. To instill more apana or grounding energy, keep your gaze down towards the earth.
If you get lazy, be strict and remind yourself that you can always fit in one pose. In time, you can start to add more of a flow and build up your time on the mat.
It’s not all physical
Being a yogi is more than just the physical asana. It extends to our actions, thoughts and deeds. Pantajali’s yoga sutras have a set of Yamas and Niyamas. It’s a list of guided principles on how we treat ourselves and others. The first, for example, is non-violence. In your every day routine, find more ways to be kinder to yourself and all living things. These simple lifestyle habits create more harmony within you and around you. It will also make your time on the mat much more meaningful and will help keep you more aligned with your true being of light and love.
Instill one Ayurvedic practice in your routine
Ayurveda and yoga work in hand in hand. Ayurveda’s goal is to purify the body to help achieve enlightenment. To enhance your yoga practice, adopt one daily Ayurvedic lifestyle change. Perhaps spend a little time each day turning inward and massaging warm oil on your scalp and body. As with the lifestyle changes, Ayurvedic practice helps keep us connected with our core self. It’s a chance to honor a higher power and put aside fears, worries and anxieties for that time period.
The more we accomplish small actions like practicing one yoga pose and altering our lifestyle in a holistic and healthy way, the more yoga becomes a consistent and steady practice. It is far better to start with even just one thing on this list than overwhelm yourself. Master one and then move on. Embrace the yogi within! All you need is to set the intention and take the first step.