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IMG_1235I’ve been practicing yoga for a long time.

Over 17 years. I’m into my 7th year of teaching yoga. I love yoga a lot.

My personal practice has changed a lot over the years, but what hasn’t changed is WHY I practice.

My practice keeps me grounded. It keeps me uplifted. It cracks me open. It draws me out. It draws me in. It quiets the noise, from the inside out. It keeps me flexible. It irons out the cricks. It keeps me sane.

BUT

I’ve been known to neglect it, my yoga practice.
Just like you, I get busy. I get distracted. I get tired. You know, the usual excuses. And then I start being a little unkind to myself. Because I know why I need to practice and I know what happens when I don’t make time for it.

So what’s the best solution when I don’t have and hour or more to spare? I aim for 10 minutes. Sometimes that will look like a handful of sun salutations. Sometimes I might fit 20 minutes in one day and nothing the next. Some days I might just squeeze in a bunch of forward bends throughout the day, I’m particularly fond of downward facing dog in the kitchen (see photo above).

This is what I’ve found works for me. And the best part about keeping it short and sweet? Well besides the obvious benefits, it completely takes the pressure off and leaves me wanting more. It’s never a drag. It doesn’t feel like a chore, or something I “should” be doing. I look forward to it, and so does Grace. Although 10 minutes is a bit long for a 3 1/2 year old, she does love to join in…or run around the studio like a maniac. Either way, just 10 minutes a day.

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