Anybody can benefit from doing a bit of yoga and meditation. Many people say they don’t have time with family, work, general busy lifestyles. Yet just five or ten minutes, even in bed or while eating, standing in the queue, sitting at work or waiting in a room, provides an opportunity for a little stretch. Or maybe close your eyes and simply become aware of your breathing. You don’t have to sit like Buddha in lotus or be able to touch your toes, or even to wear fancy pants.
When I first wake up in my little shell I just get comfortable, take some deep breaths and try to think good positive thoughts. I am an old turtle now and suffer from lower-back pain. So, I do a few stretches before I get up and poke my head out to greet the day. After I put the kettle on for a few cups of herbal tea, I like to take a slow walk and listen to the birds, or say good morning to my friend Angelique, the sacred cow – who is usually meditating.
If I have some work to do, or the surf is on, I will just do my short routine of yoga and sit for a few minutes on the beach. It only takes me ten or fifteen minutes. Or, if I feel like it I will do my full session for an hour or so. The thing is, I know that whether I do five minutes or one hour of practice, it makes the rest of my day more enjoyable and productive.
Yoga is not exercise class, it is a lifestyle with many aspects that anybody can enjoy and benefit from. Also, like meditation, there are many good techniques and styles – none better than the other, just different ways to receive similar benefits. If you are interested, try a few different techniques or join a class or group. Don’t be concerned if you are a beginner, it is not a competition, or race. Just enjoy try to enjoy yourself and I am sure it will make you feel good.
“Each to their own. Be True to thyself.”