How do YOU practice yoga?

by Melissa on January 13, 2014

So I ran across a post on Facebook one day, about a week and a half ago, in the car, and it was a video of a woman trying something for 100 days. She was working out and eating healthy…doing something, small steps, every day for 100 days, to work toward her weight loss goals. She was giving it 100.

And that got me to thinking.

I have no problems staying in a routine once I’m in it…especially with running and lifting. However, yoga seems to be a different story. Not because I can’t do it or because I don’t love it enough…but because I have this “thing”.

I question the benefit of yoga before a run, and I run later in the morning. So why not do it later, right?

I feel as though everything in the house should be quiet while I practice so I can center myself properly. So later? Doesn’t work in this household. Haha.

In my head, yoga must be done first thing when I wake up…and I don’t wake easily. (One of my shortcomings…)

But I desperately want yoga to be a part of my life…on a daily basis. I want yoga to help me relieve the every day stress that comes with being as busy as I am. Owning my own business. Grad school full-time. Mom. It’s tough. I’m not saying it’s not doable, but I have a hard time finding balance.


So. Balance. It’s time for me to find some balance with all this fun stuff I call life and make sure yoga becomes a part of it. I know that there’s so much more to yoga than simply stretching and breathing. It’s about alignment, personal connection, centering one’s focus, and finding peace. (And so much more, I know, and this is why I have this strange stigma that yoga practice must occur at the quietest of times. I hope I’m making sense.)

So, for me, I feel as though I need to let that mentality go and make it about finding all of that amidst my busy life. I need to work my practice into my life when I can, rather than wait for the perfect moment to do it.

And with that…100 days of yoga has been born. Haha.

For the next 100 days, I’m going work yoga into my daily life…whether by getting up an hour before I normally do or by practicing when the kids are home and running around because I didn’t have any other choice. I have a lot of kinks to work out after the last four months, and I know this is the way. It’ll help create a habit. It’ll help my focus and so much more.

QOTD: How do YOU practice yoga? Do you have to have quiet? Do you work around kids? Do you have any sort of requirements for your practice or do you go with the flow? How many of you do yoga before you run, rather than after?

In the next post, I’m tackling the changes I’ve made to my diet and why.

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