I find the thinking part is what kills the mood for me. You know, you start out good, you put the tinkling bells/yoga music on the iPod dock, clear a spot on the floor for your yoga mat, burn the sage to clear the room of lingering food smells, climb on the yoga mat and then,…well,… then…uh, then you realize, you have no plan.
Maybe you do a couple of half-hearted sun salutes. Then its ‘wait for inspiration to strike’ while breathing in down dog. Which morphs into a having a ‘I-have-no-idea-what-I-should-do-next-now-mini-yoga-panic’. (followed by the mini ‘guilt session’ for freaking out about practicing yoga. You scold yourself with thoughts like how ridiculous you are for freaking out about yoga for god’s sake,… yoga you chastise yourself! I mean yoga is supposed to be relaxing! Uh oh,… you are doing it again! Argh!)
Now things have gotten awkward,….
Out of sheer determination however, you press on and finish the next three postures. Then you hear the phone ring and it may as well be God calling because at this point you are looking for anything to distract you!
It’s okay, you are not alone.
Finding ways to stay inspired on your mat while staying focused on the breath is a challenge, and I am here to help!
While searching for inspiration the other day I came across thejoyofyoga.blogspot.com This blog is a brilliant little gem! Her motto “ONE YOGA SEQUENCE, EVERY DAY!” Chock full of inspiring sequences and a few brand new poses (“emma” is a new fave of mine) I highly recommend you home practice yoga warriors to check it out! (of course as always exercise caution when trying new poses alone, it is hard to see if you are in alignment) The blogger is a real sweetie and you will enjoy her ‘lil tidbits of advice, humour and the overall joy with which she infuses her online yoga space.
Here is a Emergen-C water toast to your next home yoga practice session, may it be joyful, inspired and fun, fun, FUN!