Stepping back on the mat…

I did it! After procrastination eighteen days (I know this as I keep a little log in my journal) I finally stepped back on the mat.

My plan to leap out of bed at 7.30am on a Sunday didn’t quite materialise, and I forced myself into the cold January morning an hour and a half later. But I did it. The room was warm, I made my first hot lemon water of the year, and sat down on the mat. My intention was to aim for 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes of stretching and being in the moment. Start small, create an easy habit and then build on it.

Twenty minutes later I had stretched into downward dog, child’s pose,  warrior and other shapes I have no name for yet. And it felt good. No judgements. I can’t get my heels on the floor in dog and my balance needs work, again. But for that twenty minutes I slow down my thoughts, feel calmer, and am happy with what my body can achieve.

Me and my yoga procrastination

I started exploring yoga when I took an NHS break in 2009, through burnout and exhaustion. We were at rock bottom financially with no way to afford classes I just picked up a secondhand book, bought a mat, and pulled on some old leggings.

My morning ritual developed from there.

It ebbs and flows. Sometimes flowing really well, days becoming weeks, becoming months. And then just as it starts; life, tiredness, shifts and a little bit of ‘can’t-be-arsed’ gets in the way.

But once you’ve found that little bit of inner peace and wellbeing that emerges from a regular practice, it never really lets you go.  Procrastination soon gives way to the growing desire to feel that way again.

How I get back on the mat

  1. Get everything out the night before   – comfy yoga stuff and the mat
  2. Find some music or a yoga video on Youtube to inspire you
  3. Light a candle and some incense – create a tranquil morning space that you’ll love
  4. Start small and achievable – commit to get on the mat and stretch for 5 minutes…it will grow.
  5. Be proud of yourself for having a go.

Small habits can make a big difference. Have a look at this for ideas. How simple mini habits can change your life.

My morning music for today –

Let’s see what tomorrow brings!

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