We are taking a break with the chakra challenges this week. If you are following along, we will continue our journey and rise upward to Chakra #3 next Monday.
With my relocation to a new home, new routines have arisen and infected my yoga practice. Drastic interruptions require drastic measures. I need my yoga more now than ever! On this a “slower” day, I am reflecting on how I can re-balance and recommit to my daily practice. First off, I absolutely need to make my practice the first thing I do in the morning. Putting it off for more “important things” is not acceptable. Saying “I’ll do it this afternoon” is not in the cards – I’m always caught up in projects, phone calls, emails…moving and selling a home is filled with task after task.
So, if you feel as I do, join me this week for a YOLY Challenge called “Label Your Practice Days.” Through this technique, I hope to motivate myself (and you) to practice each and every day.
My idea is to designate a practice tag line for each day of the week. The labels not only provide a preset plan but assure that during the week the practice will be variable and well-rounded.
Here are my suggestions. Feel free to use my labels or tweak them to suit your needs/preferences:
Sunday – Sun Salutation
Monday – Meditation
Tuesday – Tudor: take something from a class you learned.
Wednesday – Water: this is a weird one but I associate water with flow and designate this day to vinyasa or flow sequences.
Thursday – Theme: pick a specific asana subject like backbends, forward bends, inversions, hip openers, arm balances, etc.
Friday – Freedom: a true “go with the flow” day to get on your mat and do what you feel you need to do. This is a tough one but important for developing your own practice. Put some music on and just let yourself get carried away…
Saturday – Saturate: my favorite lately. A day for marinating in a yin or restorative pose.
Remember these two rules to follow:
1.) Only practice for 10 minutes per day as recommended in YOLY Challenge #8
2.) Try to make it the first thing you do each day (after a cup of tea or coffee perhaps).