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1. Start Small
Start with 5-10 minutes a day. Do cat/cow poses (ref: page #), child’s pose (pg. #), and downward facing dog. Frame this time for yourself as a contained space to “feel friggin’ awesome.”
2. Create a space that you want to practice in.
I never feel like doing yoga when my space is a total mess. Conversely, when I clear my external space from old crap and disorganization, I’m able to do the same for my internal landscape… “as above so below, as without so within,” ya feel me?
So, pick up your sweaty laundry, wash your dishes, light some incense and pump up some sweet jams for your own little personal yoga party.
3. Make it a reward, not a chore.
Any personal ritual is a “coming home” to yourself, and this includes your at-home practice. As soon as it becomes a chore, rather than a gift, however, the ritual is doing you a disservice. That said, smart people who probably know what they’re talking about have decided that it takes 21 days to form a habit. So developing a new daily ritual may feel strenuous at first. Strenuous like “Mom I don’t wanna do my homework it’s only Saturday” strenuous. But trust me, it’s worth it. Talk to me in 22 days.
4. Nobody has to know
Nobody has to know why you suddenly started showing up at the office all shiny and happy—suddenly so calm, cool and collected—ready to conquer the day like you’re a *gosh darn champion. They just need to know that you are.
The fact that you do your sun salutations while you brew your morning coffee can be our lil’ secret, big guy.
5. Stick to a script.
After you get the whole “I practice a little yoga every day because it makes me feel great” thing under your belt, I recommend moving into the next phase of an at-home practice, which is, “I practice the same sequence every day because it helps me track my progress.”
It’s through repetition that we discover insight. The more you practice the same yoga sequence, the more opportunity you have to refine it, and subsequently learn something new about yourself in relationship to your body and the space it inhabits..which is the secondary reason we do yoga, right?
(The primary reason being to look good in a tank top, obviously.)
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