Even a brief practice of yoga everyday is better than no practice at all. Very gradually, the body (and the mind, we hope) will begin to strengthen and open. But, possessing intellectual knowledge and proof of the benefits of behavior change doesn’t always change behavior; example: smoking cigarettes. No matter how many times our teachers, or our inner teachers, advise us to step onto the mat on a regular basis, somehow we find ourselves missing, skipping, procrastinating or imagining our practice.
Certainly, plenty of
wonderful books, articles, audio, and video resources are available to provide
guidance should you happen to be at a loss as to how to focus your
micro-practice. For example, one of my brilliant teachers, Jill Miller, has
developed a plethora of 5 or 10 minute QuickFix videos
. Jill's practices will help you focus very specifically and
efficiently on body areas such as neck, shoulders and back. The Yoga
website contains pose and sequence guidance as well.
Naturally, the omnipresent advice to remember to breathe is not to be underestimated.
A group of us Yogalilans began discussing resourceful ways that we integrate yoga into our busy days. I put together a slideshow (starring Yogalians and families) for employees in the workplace, hoping to inspire them to start their asana practices in bits and pieces. As you will see, these super-efficient moves can be practiced quite creatively-mostly without a sticky mat. Check out this A Yoga Day slide show to see how yoga of integration can work for you.