I’m excited to share with you a very gentle, morning yoga asana practice. It’s a lot of moving slowly, mobilizing the joints gently and massaging the back body mindfully. For me, this practice is perfect for the mornings when you haven’t even gotten out of bed yet and your mind is moving fastfastfast.
The practice might test your patience especially when you’ve got little to work with. And at the same time the practice may also strengthen your ability to be with whatever is or isn’t happening right now.
I’ve definitely noticed how quickly my mind is trying to close the gap between now and later. I’ve got the early spring enthusiasm for all that may come. Seeds have been planted and the soil is fertile. So many ideas, plans and possibilities oh my!
It’s so easy for me to forget to be when I’ve got so much that I wish to do. Is it the same for you?
This is why I choose to practice slow, mindful yoga – a style of yoga that uses the physical asanas or postures as opportunities to practice paying attention to the present moment without judgment. I’ve discovered that the practice of mindful yoga has helped bring more presence, patience and appreciation into my daily living. While at the same time offering me the many benefits that come from practicing yoga in general.
If you’d like, the invitation for this week is to choose at least 1 morning, if not 2, 3, 4, or 5 mornings, to notice the sensations in the body with each breath, each movement, each moment. To watch what comes up in the mind. To feel your feelings. To practice gratitude. All while gently rolling around on the floor and stretching the body.
If you’ve got more time, and are feeling like you could benefit from more energizing movement, you can extend the practice by pairing this gentle warm up with Sun Salutations. Or if you’re using this as a way to move into seated meditation, set a timer for however long you’d like to sit – 5, 10, 20 minutes or more.
May we all meet ourselves wherever we are today, with patience.
” Mindful yoga is a lifetime engagement – not to get somewhere else, but to be where and as we actually are in this very moment, with this very breath, whether the experience is pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral.”
– Jon Kabat Zinn