OPEN YOUR HEART AND MIND TO YOGA
There’s no need to stress about finding someone to mind the kids so you can make your way to your local yoga studio... There’s a whole world of yoga just waiting for you in your very own home.
Why not open your computer and discover the world of online yoga that is waiting for you to show up?
WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR?
If you haven’t done yoga before, don’t start with the classes that target specific areas, such as arms or legs, as guaranteed they’ll be difficult and you’ll wonder how you could ever try it again. Instead, start with classes that actually say ‘beginner’. Not only will these classes ease you into a regular practice, they’ll have more detailed instruction and leave you feeling more relaxed.
Look for classes where you can pick the length - 10, 30 or 60 minutes. Titles that have the word ‘relaxation’ are also great to begin with. These classes are typically slower and gentler. There is nothing worse than being over-zealous and choosing a v or Power class that kicks your butt into never wanting to try again!
In other words, if it’s too hard, don’t beat yourself up…just take a break or pick another class that suits you.
One thing to remember is, of course, that in the world of online yoga, the teachers can’t see you, duh! So, you are not going to get that personalised attention you may get from a live teacher. Don’t let that stop you though! If you end up a little frustrated or confused…just modify it, or lie in child’s pose till you recover, then start again.
ALL YOU NEED IS TEN MINUTES AND AN INTERNET CONNECTION
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
Comfy clothes, a computer with internet, a yoga mat or towel to practice on…and at least ten minutes.
WHAT IF YOU GET INTERRUPTED?
If you get interrupted, just go back to it later. Sometimes kids can’t wait…but yoga can and it will always be something you can look forward to when the kids are asleep.
FINDING DAILY PRACTICE
Once you learn a few poses you can do them whenever you feel like it. Why not stand on one leg in tree pose (balance on one leg) while you wash the dishes? How about standing and breaking out a few chair poses (similar to a squat) while you are on the phone? Or stand in warrior (wide stance) whilst rocking your baby to sleep. There are many ways you can incorporate yoga into daily life – get creative and experiment!
No matter what you are doing if you draw your attention to your breath and move consciously, then you are inviting yoga into your every day routine. Being aware of your breath is the foundation of yoga. Inhale and exhale and notice how you feel. Notice where your breath moves to in your body. Practicing this enables us to let go of that monkey chatter that goes on…and on and on…in our mind. When we let all the distractions fade away and instead focus on our breath, we find that the noise in our head becomes quieter, and even if it’s just for a minute, the benefits of this are so worth it. Spending this quiet time has been shown to induce a sense of calm and reduce the effects of stress. Yoga has a lot more to offer than just the poses. Once you look into it you will discover breathing techniques, meditation, cleansing practices, mindfulness and more - and yes, you can find it all online. Yoga is an opportunity to journey into the self and to find ways to live a life that is more peace-filled and conscious. It gives us access to living well and loving life by being the best version of ourselves possible.
If you don’t want to get into the poses just yet and what you are up for is the relaxation side of yoga, you can try Yoga Nidra. This is a beautiful guided meditation that facilitates a deep, mindful rest that refreshes and revitalises you.
A quick Google search will deliver you lots of different versions. I like this one from Blooming Lotus Yoga. ( www.youtube.com/ watch?v=vvldc6mzlva) You can even get a Yoga Nidra app on your phone.
So next time the kids are quiet, before you sit on the couch with a cuppa and chocolate biscuit, try out some yoga poses or Yoga Nidra - in the comfort of your own home, in your trackie pants or pyjamas. Who cares what you look like? No-one can see, and if you end up only doing a few poses, or only getting through a few minutes of the meditation before falling asleep on the floor, then smile to yourself and know you got exactly what you needed.