Welcome to my new video series: DR on the Couch. In these videos I’ll be talking about non-asana related yoga stuff.
In this first video, I give some tips on how to practice on those days when you just don’t have enough time.
There are a lot of different perspectives out there on this, but I’ll share what I do in my own practice, and how I advise my students at the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto.
Alright, here’s what you should do: Throw on your favourite yoga playlist, grab some blocks, maybe a strap and get creative with a yoga flow based on how you’re feeling in the moment.
Naw, I’m only kidding!
Here’s what I think you should really do:
Do as much as you can, with the time that you have, following the regular sequence of postures. It’s that simple. Stick to the structure, but just do whatever you have time for, and always finish with the last 3 Lotus poses.
It’s important to remember that our asana practice, in the broader context of Yoga, is our daily appointment to calm and still the mind. What’s important is that you show up on your mat, not that you put your leg behind your head.
So on those days when you don’t have enough time, cut yourself some slack. You don’t need to feel guilty, or like a “bad Ashtangi.” Recognize that authentically showing up and inviting stillness into your day is enough.
I hope you find these videos helpful!
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