One of the main barriers to practicing yoga, or anything else, is having time. ” I would but I don’t have the time”, I hear people say this a lot and I say it myself too often as well!
I get it, we have busy lives. Work, kids, study and maintaining those social media accounts all take up time!
Because of these demands it is common practice to make ‘to do’ lists, and I do this myself. Lists can be very useful tools for to helping to organise, prioritise and schedule your time. On the flip side, these lists can become a burden; we can slip into thinking about them excessively, wondering how we can fit it all in and in my case, tending to get cross about stuff I’d like to do but don’t have time for.
On top of all this, how can we possibly fit in practicing yoga or meditation?
Interestingly, my own experience backs up the theory that taking ‘time out’ to practice yoga can help with managing your time (and life in general).
You may have heard this zen proverb: “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”
I find this to be true and that it applies to yoga as well as other more static meditation forms. It’s not uncommon for me to catch myself becoming caught up in my to do list and zoning out or even complaining about it to whomever is nearest!
I’m much more likely to behave like this on days when I don’t make sufficient time to practice (I don’t always manage!). Conversely, on days when I have made a reasonable amount of time to practice, even though I have the same number of tasks in the ‘to-do’ queue, they don’t seem as impending somehow.
It’s not like I stop caring and don’t get things done, it’s just that the list seems recede a little and go quieter. I find this actually helps in terms of getting things done because I can prioritise more effectively, maintain focus, and spend more time doing than thinking about doing!
So if you can get up 30 mins or an hour before you normally do and practice some yoga or sit in meditation for a while, you might find that the whole day goes a little more smoothly!