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6 ways to fit yoga into your life

Posted Jan 13 2014 12:02am

So, you want to start incorporating (aka practicing) yoga into your life but it seems impossible to fit one more thing into your already packed schedule. You {insert sport of choice here} and cross-train. You take a rest day or two (or three) to allow your body recover. And that’s just your workout schedule! When things get busy, yoga is often the first thing to fall off your list, if it’s even on your list in the first place.

6 ways to fit yoga into your life

One of the common misconceptions about yoga is that in order to “do” yoga, you have to go to a hour to hour and a half long class at a studio. But that’s far from the truth.

Whether it’s five minutes or half an hour, there are a number of ways that you can easily fit yoga into your life that doesn’t require schlepping you and your mat to a studio.

6 Ways to Fit Yoga into Your Life

1. Start small
Start by incorporating a few poses at the end of your run or workout as part of your cool-down routine, just like you would stretching and foam rolling. Don’t know what poses to do? Here are some great yoga poses for runners . Hold each pose for 3-5 breaths. Here’s part 2 of yoga for runners .

2. Sun salutations
A great way to incorporate yoga into your day is to move through a few rounds of Sun Salutation A or Surya Namaskar A . This is an easy and standard sequence of poses. Because it’s a well-known sequence of movements, it’s a great way to get out of your head and start to link mind, body and breath. Sun Salutations awaken the energy in your body. With each cycle, you draw prana up and circulate it throughout the body and, as a result, warm the body and create a sense of feeling centered.

3. Make it up
Still unsure about what poses or sequence of poses to do? The truth? It doesn’t really matter. Just move through poses that you are familiar with and that make your body feel good. Turn on some music and start to tune into what your body is asking for. For me, it’s often hip-opening postures like pigeon or double pigeon .

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4. Online classes
Online classes have come a long way over the years and are a great resource. There are videos ranging from 15 minutes to 90 minutes – perfect to fit your needs on any given day. yogaglo and Gaiam offer a great line-up of teachers.

5. Take it outside
While yes, I love to do yoga outside and in random places , you can also practice yoga through moving meditation. Yoga is not just the asana or the physical practice on your mat. Meditation and practices of mindfulness are a big part of yoga. Try taking a walk outside – breathe deeply, take deliberate steps and focus on the present moment.

6. Make it a priority
As with anything, if you really want to do it, you have to make time for it. You have to make it a priority. For me, I’m in the middle of ramping up my running and training for a half marathon. I am also trying to jumpstart a new career direction. However, I make it a priority to practice at least 4 times a week by carving out little chunks of time. Like a I said, it’s not all physical practice on my mat, although that is a big part of it. It’s also studying and practicing mindfulness.

What tips do you have for fitting yoga into your life?

 

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