Ooh, I love this time of the year. The sun is coming up earlier and shining stronger, I seem to need at least one hour less sleep each night than I do during the winter months, I am waking naturally at around 6.00 and feeling ready to get up at 6.30 (it takes me a while to get motoring).
And…for the first time in my fifteen years of being a yoga devotee I am doing a bit of yoga when I first wake up (most days). This has been a goal of mine – well, maybe a vague desire – for ages and ages but I never seem to feel like doing yoga first thing in the morning.
I now realise why this has never happened for me until now. My mind had created all these over-the-top expectations of what “Tricia’s home yoga practice” should look and feel like. I was missing the whole point of yoga. For me, yoga is gentle, meditative and a part of my spiritual life. I wonder how I allowed my mind to turn it into something hard, demanding and unpleasant? Oh the wondrous ways we get in the way of our own health and happiness!
What I have discovered is that if I just go and roll out my yoga mat and go into a gentle pose of the child with my arms outstretched in front, the next move just seems to flow from there. It’s quite intuitive – being half asleep helps with this – I just move from one pose to another smoothly and slowly. I may spend ten minutes or thirty minutes doing this, the time doesn’t matter. What matters is that I enjoy this time and I start the day feeling more relaxed in my body and calm in my mind.
The key is, just make a start. Release expectations, goals and pressure to perform. Just begin….see where it leads.
This applies to anything we have an inkling we might like to start doing more of, or begin learning for the first time in our lives. BEGIN.
Nothing is truly difficult when we have a passion for it. Sure, it takes time to become an accomplished musician, painter, writer, dancer, athlete, or cook. When it’s enjoyable, the time slips away effortlessly. Be child-like in your innocent endeavour.
Lovely weekend to all,