Recently I went to a yoga workshop with Jim Bennitt at Field of Yoga in Cedar Rapids. It was a good workshop. I walked away thinking I didn’t really learn anything new which was somewhat of a let down. However, somehow little things Jim said stuck with me and really began to inspire me about yoga in a way I haven’t felt in a long time. I’ll try to get back to all of those things in short and sweet posts, but today I want to talk about practice.
I lost my practice a long time ago. No idea why or how but I haven’t regularly practiced yoga in over 8 years! It’s really embarrassing to write that since I have been teaching yoga over 5 years now. Instead of dwelling on the hows and ways and playing the blame game I am just going to own that I have been a slacker.
Jim said your home practice should only be about 30 minutes long. This was revolutionary to me. I always felt that if I didn’t do a full hour then I’m not getting in a good practice. Then in my head I would say I don’t have time for a full hour. Then it just wouldn’t happen. I don’t really know why I needed Jim’s permission to do a shorter practice. Silly really. I guess sometimes we need someone else to tell us it’s okay.
And it is okay. Today I got up and out of bed and stepped on my mat for 30 minutes. I feel great. Tomorrow I will get up and get on my mat and practice for 30 minutes. I am giving myself permission to practice however long I feel like. 10 minutes? 30 minutes? 1 hour? Yes.