We live in busy times. Everyone is always on the go, from home to work to errands to chores… Culturally, we’re starting to acknowledge the necessity of caring for oneself, but often it’s easier not to prioritize this care, and “self care” practices can end up looking a lot like a quick cup of tea or a little online shopping. This can be fun, of course, but doesn’t address our deeper needs for emotional and physical nourishment, and the importance of checking in with yourself and tending to what needs tending. A regular yoga practice can be a good place to start with caring for your needs—it provides the opportunity and tools to look inward as well as to notice the state your body and spirit is in.
However, a consistent practice doesn’t always look the same every day—sometimes the day is too full to have space to attend a yoga class or to do a full practice at home, or sometimes you might find yourself craving more yoga even after your regular practice has ended. At these times, it can be wonderful just to find some mindful movement and a yogic mindset in the course of your regular activities. Rolling out of bed in the morning to do a few rounds of cat-cow, taking a few moments during the day for some poses to counteract the stresses of the workday on the body, practicing mindful breathing while dinner is cooking, finding a few restorative poses and savasana at the end of the day… Instead of seeing yoga practice as something that takes place solely on the mat or in the studio, why not bring your practice with you everywhere? Finding yoga in the in-between moments can deepen your relationship with your practice and with yourself.
Written by Grace Martin
Grace Martin is a library assistant and aspiring writer who loves food, fiber arts, and reading any book she can get her hands on. She was drawn to yoga in early 2017, and enjoys incorporating aspects of meditation and ritual into her practice. She has lived in Keene for the past two years.