Maybe the word “productivity” isn’t one that you associate with a yoga practice. I remember being in yoga teacher training and telling my teacher that I was a mom of two young kids with a husband who worked long hours and that I couldn’t live on a cloud. I had too much to do.
3 ways yoga helps you be productive:
- Develop discipline. We are not always going to feel like getting on our mats or doing our daily meditation practice. And we are not always going to feel like tackling the to-do lists. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. Set a timer for 20 minutes and see how much you can do. Then spend at least 5 minutes and walk around. Stretch. But don’t use that time for Facebook.
- Be reasonable in your expectations. How do you approach your practice? Slow and steady or in spurts. 20 minutes on the mat every day can lead to more benefits that 90 minutes practiced every other week. This approach can also help us as we move through our days. Do you put too much on your to-do list each day and then scramble to get it done? Be kind to yourself.
- Deep relaxation. It may come for you at the end of a sweaty asana practice. Or it may come during a gentle/restorative class. Or in seated meditation. Any of these practices help us release tension and stress in the mind, body and nervous system. Which can help us access our deep wisdom.
We don’t need to use our yoga practice to dis-engage with the world and “live on a cloud.” We can, however, practice and take care of the business of life. With clarity, compassion, and not taking ourselves too seriously.
Now let’s take this practice into practical experience. Take a breathing break and find your flow! Click this link to do a 2 minute breathing practice. Too busy? Even better. Do it now!