The truth of the matter is that my exercise schedule in general and my yoga practice in particular have fallen apart since my trip to Thailand in February. I cancelled my gym membership before going with the intention of finding other ways to exercise.
It’s not as if I’ve been doing nothing. I have been taking a weekly dance lesson since August – which is great. I’ve been going to dances. I’ve been giving regular Thai massages. I work a small allotment. I have one yoga class at Freestyle Yoga Project on a Thursday evening which I rarely miss. And I have done my post breakfast short seated practice and short meditation (detailed in this post) virtually every day. I think I’ve missed about five days total in the year.
My weight is under 70Kg and that gives me a BMI of 23.4 which is easily within the healthy band according to NHS Choices. So what’s the problem?
Simply that I miss my once-regular longer yoga practice. I have a desire, at least for a period, to get back to it. When I was getting in from work to an empty house I would practice then every day except the day I went to my regular class. Now that my daily routine is more flexible I find that I don’t have that daily trigger to practice. Time to try for an early morning practice then? Well I’ve decided to give it a try.
I’m building up gradually. Rather than have my breakfast seated and then do my short practice I’m hoping to build a pre-breakfast practice over the next month and see how it goes. This morning I did a single slow sun salutation, followed by breakfast and then my usual short seated sequence. The idea is to gradually add more and more pre-breakfast, and see how it goes. I’ll try to report back on a weekly basis for the next month so give me stick if I don’t!