What yoga & meditation to practice when you don't have the time
Mar 02, 2021
Here’s a Zen proverb you might have heard:
You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day.
Unless you're too busy; then sit for an hour.
The real reasons why most of us are too busy:
- We lack clarity, so we're all over the place.
- We lack focus and concentration. So we take weeks, months, and years to “unpack” instead of days, hours, or moments.
- We lack healthy boundaries. We say yes to what’s not ours, which is so draining.
- Our negative mind overwhelms us into perfection or paralysis.
A daily kundalini yoga & meditation practice takes care of these beautifully.
- With daily practice, you’ll eventually need less sleep to feel rested.
- With the level of clarity it'll bring you, you’ll hone in on what’s important and aligned.
- With that level of intention, the stuff that you thought were important will cease to be.
- With that level of discernment, you’ll start saying NO without thinking about it.
- With that level of calm, you’ll make more of the right decisions with greater compassion and generosity.
- With all that time saved, you get your life back to spend it the way you want to.
- With that kind of shift, you’ll get your sense of humor back.
Those that take the biggest leaps of faith carve out 2.5 hours a day for their practice. This not only adds half a day to your 24-hour day, it transforms quality of life.
But you don’t have to carve out 2.5 hours.
Start with 10 minutes. 40 minutes is even better. 1 hour? You’re rockin '.
Here’s what to include in your practice:
- A breath meditation - keep training your body to maintain a sense of calm and maximize your life force.
- A sound meditation - recode over your negative self-talk with mantra that elevates Self worth and identity.
- Movement - balance your body’s systems to get strong. Energy, grit, and courage comes from strength. You need these to live the good life.
- Relaxation - you gotta give yourself the space to integrate and process.
Even if you practice each of these 4 areas equally for 3 minutes (12 minutes total) daily, you’ll benefit from it even more than if you were to do 90 minutes twice a week. That’s because you create constancy.
There are many practices that combine breath, sound, and movement. Just add relaxation afterwards.
The Foundation: Here’s a free tutorial on the One Simple Breath. If you had to learn one thing to be well, this would be it.
Want some 3 to 40 minute practices? Click here to access free yoga sequences and meditations.
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