What comes to mind when you think of a yogi? If you’re anything like me, it’s probably a fresh faced, sparkly eyed, perfect pony-tailed babe leaping enthusiastically out of bed at the first crack of dawn. But in reality, some days (okay, most days) are going to feel more Homer Simpson than Gwyneth Paltrow.
Well, we’re here to say: that’s COOL. Sure, some people are “morning people” (grrrrrr), but for the rest of us, we’re probably not going to feel like throwing ourselves upside down into a headstand when manoeuvring ourselves out of bed is problem enough.
But if we said no to something just because we don’t feel like it, we’d probably never do anything at all. Let’s put it this way: no one ever said, “I really regret that yoga class”.
Sometimes all we need is a little push in the right direction. And the best way to find motivation in your yoga practice is to keep it simple. There’s no need to go overboard and complicate things. In fact, committing to just 15 mins of simple yoga postures a day can bring life to morning times and set you up for the day ahead.
We’ve compiled some tips especially for our lazy yogis (we’re one of you!) to share what we’ve found helpful to do yoga even on the laziest days.
1. Yoga in bed rocks
There’s nothing wrong with doing a few restorative yoga poses in bed. There are so many grounding, restorative and energising postures that work just great from that cosy little haven of yours. Child’s Pose (Sanskrit: Bālāsana) is perfect for gently stretching the body first thing in the morning – and it’s comfy too.
Reclining Bound Angle (Sanskrit: Supta Baddha Konasana) is also a favourite to help open any stiff hips after a night’s kip. And if you struggle with morning bathroom trips, a gentle twist is great for kicking your digestive system into action again, like the Reclined Spinal Twist (Sanskrit: Supta Matsyendrasana)
Oh… and how could we forget Savasana, everyone’s favourite yoga pose!
If you decide to do a few yoga poses in bed, just make sure not to do any standings poses, inversions, balances or any pose that requires a stable base while in bed to avoid injury.
2. Keep it short but sweet
Yoga doesn’t need to feel like a big upheaval. Committing to just 10 – 15 mins makes a perfect starting point! Of course, we’re not saying to give up full-length classes altogether but fitting in shorter sessions throughout the day can feel less daunting and has some very real benefits. Try Gentle Stretch with Ozlem, Relaxing Yoga with Emily or Gentle Flow with Maxine. All these classes range between 10 – 15 mins and are great for kick-starting morning times.
3. If you don’t fancy moving, don’t
Sometimes all your body needs is a big of time-out. And if that’s the case, honour it. If moving isn’t on the cards for you, then try some deep breathing or mindfulness meditation instead. Or a gentle neck roll or shoulder stretch from your desk. Listening to your body is the most important thing when it comes to your yoga practice – and sometimes, being lazy is exactly what’s needed.
4. Accept that it’s never going to be perfect
It’s easy to hold off on doing things just because we don’t feel inspired or one hundred percent. But just because you don’t feel like practising yoga, doesn’t mean that you’re not going to experience the benefits. Next time you’re struggling to get onto your mat, try and remember how you felt last time you finished your practice. Even if it’s just a few minutes of stretching, no one’s ever left a yoga class with regret.
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