Yoga every day

It's always an intention isn't it? To practice yoga every day.. But it often feels hard to fit in a practice in amongst everything that our days are filled with. Getting to the mat, even when it's unrolled and waiting - it's always that first step which is the hardest! But how about if there's another way - to take the mat out of the equation and instead focus on the most simple of movements and breath to focus and calm the mind, stretch the body, become aware of the breath. It's all enough. Anything you can find time in your day for is enough.

When you wake, when you open your eyes - pause before getting out of bed. Take a deep inhale and exhale. Let the mind settle. Stretch the whole body.

When you're sitting at your desk, roll the shoulders in circles backwards and then forwards. Interlace the fingers behind your back and stretch the arms away from the back. Circle the wrists.

When you're busy with young children, close your eyes and take a few deep inhales and exhales - add a count to the inhale, perhaps of 2 or 4, exhale for the same count. Make the inhale and exhale the same length.

When you're rushing around, notice your feet for a moment. Allow them to be parallel and hip distance apart and roll up onto the toes and back onto the heels. Spread the toes.

Create tiny moments of space in the day for you to come back into yourself. Notice yourself. Allow any feelings to arise, let them have their space, and let them be. Come back into your day.

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