My dog is like..."Why aren't you letting me in this room, I'm always allowed in this room...just for that, I'm going to make sure my big head is in all of your pictures."
It seems as though we all have certain times of the day when we have the most energy and highest mental stamina. For me, this is early to mid-morning and I like to use it for my personal yoga practice.
It's come down to this. My ideal practice isn't even "ideal"...it's just something I want to achieve because it will make me feel good about myself. Yoga has never been what I expected and never will...but that's the magic of it, really. That's the experience that truly counts. It's the unexpected surprise of yoga that makes a difference in my life. I forget this too often.
To help steer myself away from expectation in my practice, I've decided that I can should use my optimal-time and practice yoga anyway.
In order to make my practice sustainable each morning, I designed a short flow that I can do happily without having to be completely awake, and most of all...without any expectation.
Committing to practicing yoga in the morning (whatever that looks like for me...and hey, it might just look like childs pose for 15 minutes) will drastically improve the quality and attitude of my day.
A Yoga Flow for the Not-So-Early-Riser
A morning yoga practice with no expectations.
Some of the focus in this routine is strength and awakening for the shoulders, upper back and legs, while also creating space and openness in the hips and front-body. A perfect way to awaken the body and mind for the day ahead.
1. Child's Pose
Instead of starting on our backs (nice try), start in Child's Pose. Slowly begin to awaken your body and mind with an easy, but sensational, Child's Pose. Inhale and exhale slowly, feeling the belly expand and soften.
Extra Tid-Bit: You can come back to this position at any time in the practice, as a resting pose.
Hello, I'm Julie.
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