Tip #1: How to Be Regular in Your Yoga Practice

by Norm on January 1, 2013

in Circulation, Conflict Resolution, Energy, Fatigue, Hatha Yoga, Relaxation, Yoga

Here is a tip that I got from one of my students years ago before CDs when my students bought audio cassette tapes from me.

This is so brilliant that I  wonder why I hadn’t thought of it first. (Maybe I didn’t think of it because it is so brilliant.)

This student was in her late 50s or early 60s and this is what she told me.

What I Do When I Am Too Tired to Do Yoga

I work in New York City and I have to get up at 6 AM every morning to get ready to go to work. I commute in to the city, work very hard, and then commute back without so much as a half hour rest.

By the time I get home from work, it is already dark and I am completely exhausted.

In fact, I am so tired that I don’t want to do anything but just sit on my sofa.

I am too tired to eat and too tense to sleep.

I don’t want to go anywhere or even watch TV. I am whipped.

In fact I am so tired that I feel that I don’t have enough energy to do yoga.

Truth of the matter is I feel that I have a perfect excuse not to do yoga. I am numb.

It is not even like I will do something else and might have a conflict about why I can do that but I can’t do yoga. In short, I feel perfectly justified in not doing yoga in my present drained-of-all-strength-and-energy  state.

So here is what I do.

I keep your Yoga Class tape ready in my tape player.

And I tell myself, “All you have to do is press the PLAY button.”

This usually creates resistance in the logical part of me and the rationalizations begin.

My “do good” part tells my mind that there are many benefits of yoga and it would be good to do the tape even in this exhausted state.

My rebellious side says, “Shut up! I am too tired.”

How I Overcome Resistance to Practice Yoga

These kinds of arguments could go on for sometime if it were not for the wisdom part of me which says, “Just press the button. You don’t have to do the yoga postures if you feel that you are too tired. Just press the PLAY button.”

This immediately triggers more resistance, but the wisdom part of me just repeats, “Just press the button. Just press the button, just press the button.” To all arguments and great logic, Intuitive Wisdom says, “JUST PRESS THE BUTTON. Don’t do the yoga practice, if you don’t want to. JUST PRESS PLAY.

“Surely you are not too weak to just press PLAY. If you are too weak to just press PLAY, you might as well just give up and quit your job, too, since you are not going to make it anyway.”

So I press PLAY, the tape starts, I hear your voice. I’ve been conditioned to follow your instructions, and more often than 9 times out of 10 I end up doing the whole hour long class.

And guess what?

At the end of the class I feel more relaxed and more energized then I did at the beginning. I’m not tired anymore.

I have been doing this long enough that there is very little resistance now.

Sometimes I decide ahead of time that I really am so tired that I won’t do the tape, but I go ahead and press the PLAY button anyway.

Sometimes I don’t start right at the beginning, but almost always, I join the class soon and finish the routine.

More Tips Coming

So there you have it. Tip #1. You can never be too tired to do yoga, because when you do yoga correctly, it will relax and energize you.

I will be giving more tips like this from time to time here.

In the meantime, Do you have any tricks or techniques that help you to do your practice that you would like to share with others?

Please comment.

Remember helping others creates good karma for you.

Namaste’, …….Norm

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Don Roberto January 4, 2013 at 6:59 am

Great letter and advise, thanks for sharing, R

Norm January 4, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hi Don Roberto,

I am glad that you liked it and I hope you benefit from practicing yoga.

Please let me know if you have any questions or topics you would like to see covered.

Namasté,
Norm

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