Three Ways to Find Time to Practice Yoga

by Melissa West on May 13, 2015

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Finding Time to Practice Yoga


Three-ways-to-find-time-to-practice-yogaWhen we asked you what your biggest obstacle to practicing yoga, the overwhelming answer was time. Many people have adopted the cultural belief that we don’t have enough time and there is a collective acceptance that we are continually in a time deficit.

I have two yoga classes that challenge this cultural assumption and I will link to them in the show notes, however, today I am going to share with you three ways you can find time to practice yoga.

Not enough time?

Finding time

Number one:

Remember, you always have a choice. As a yogi, you may be familiar with the chakra system, when you come to the third chakra, you connect with your own power. In relation to time, we give up seeing ourselves as a victim of time, blaming time, and hoping that time will change. When we take back our power and realize that we do actually have a choice as to how we spend our time, we no longer are the victim and we can empower ourselves and celebrate our ability to choose and our free will.

Block off a free hour of time (this can even be hypothetical at this point), how would you choose to spend it? You might not always have control over your options, but you always have a choice over how you choose among them. Change your language from “I have to…” to “I choose to….”

Here are three classes to connect you with your power, free will and ability to choose:

Make Your Belly

Your Third Chakra and the Warrior Archetype

Manifesting through the Chakras:
With your third chakra you break your vision down into specific goals, tasks, and objectives, and when obstacles appear you have ways of working through them.

Number Two

What is going to give you the most value or yield for your investment in return for your time?

Certain types of exchanges of activity will yield higher rewards for their exchange of time than others. For example an hour of scrolling through facebook has incredibly different dividends from an hour of practicing yoga. Certain efforts produce exponentially different results than others. What is going to give you the most value or yield for your time?

A recent research study on Facebook found for example that the more people used Facebook the worse they felt afterwards, and the more time they spent on Facebook, the greater their life satisfaction levels declined.

Another research study on the other hand showed that just 75 minutes of yoga twice a week on the other hand has been proven to improve your quality of sleep, reduce feelings of fatigue, reduce the frequency of use of sleep medication and improve the sense of quality of life.

So, it stands to reason that an hour of yoga is going to give you a better return on your investment in terms of getting a better night’s sleep and a more productive day the next day.

Number Three

What are you going to say no to?

You can’t do everything and believe it or not everything is not equally important. When you decide that yoga is going to add value to your life, it is not wise to simply add it into your already busy life. That will simply add to overwhelm, exhaustion stress and anxiety and you do not want that. Saying yes to one thing means saying no to several other things that are not adding value to your life. What can you say no to?

How do you find time to practice yoga?

I would love to hear from you. Leave your comments below.

Namaste, Melissa

 

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