THREE STRATEGIES FOR A SHORT PRACTICE
When schedules are packed to the brim, committing to an hour-long yoga practice can be daunting. What I know to be true for me, is that my body and mind feel so clearer, open and flexible if I have spent at least a little time with my practice.
Even when my traveling, I aim to make a little time each day to do a few down dogs and a warrior series. The familiarity of the practice will keep you grounded when everything else seems chaotic.
BREATHE AND OBSERVE
Begin in a comfortable seat on the mat. Allow the eyes to close and bring attention to the breath. Where are you today mentally? Are there emotions or life situations that are calling for your attention? Are there stories you're telling yourself about what you can and can't do? Observe without judgment, allowing your thoughts to wash over you.
NOTICE WHERE THERE'S TENSION
While still seated, turn your attention to the body. How does it feel today? Are there spots that are aching? Are there parts of the body that feel wonderful and open? Scan the body from the crown of the head to the toes, checking in with each part.
LET THIS INFORMATION GUIDE YOU
Take what you've observed about the body and mind, and bring it into a focused practice. What do you need today?
Warm up with a sun salutation or two, or maybe a few rounds of cat/cow. Knowing what you do about the way asana feels in your body, choose a three standing poses to take. Spend three to four breaths in each pose and cycle through vinyasa in between. Repeat for as much time as you have, and then take a few seated poses. At a minimum, I like to do a gentle bridge pose, forward fold and easy seated twists. Take a moment for savasana.
Here's a playlist I put together for a 30-minute practice (or less). Take some time to listen to your body.