An hour or more two or three times (or more!) a week is often times more than many of us can manage these days. Whether we need it or not, often we feel like we do not have time for it.
Times have changed. When yoga first came to the US and other Western countries, people had different lifestyles. There were fewer choices for activities to occupy our time. There was time to take an hour or more every day to nurture body, mind, and spirit. And it is still a really good way to go – if you have the time. But is it an hour or nothing at all? Perhaps more importantly – Do you even need yoga?
No, you don’t. No one needs yoga. Yoga is a proxy for something that we do need. We need to be able to truly relax and calm our body and mind. In fact, it is inherent in our nature, and when we don’t do it, we feel out of sorts. So yoga, and other methods, put us back in contact with one of the fundamental ways the human being was intended to function – fully relaxed body, still mind, vibrant awareness.
In this day and age, we’ve substituted things outside of us for these inherent capabilities. For the most part they do not work.
So what can we do when we don’t have time?
We make a little time, throughout the day. The point of yoga was never to be good at yoga. The point is to be good at life, to use what we learn to be good at life. How do you get good at life? By practicing, the same way we get good at everything else.
Kum Nye has things we can practice, a little, every day. If we do it 5-10 minutes, 2-3 times per day, we start to notice a difference. If we do 10-20 minutes before we leave work, right when we get home or at the end of our day, we feel better, we notice that, we are inspired to do more. If we take at least an hour to an hour and a half once a week, and we embed what we want to be good at more firmly within our habit patterns. We shake out the old habits and insert these new ones.
And we start with relaxation. Check out this post on Tasting Relaxation for more information about how to get started.