June 1, 2015

What I do when I Don’t Feel like Getting on my Mat.

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Today I woke up feeling super tired and a little off for some reason. I did not feel like getting on my mat at all.

Whenever I get in a funk and feel like yoga is the farthest thing on my mind (yes, that happens to everyone) I make myself do ten Sun Salutations. Ten rounds of Surya Namaskar A—they can be as slow as I need them to be with any variation or modification my body craves, but I do 10 of them.

Sometimes that means crawling into Downward dog and doing every Chaturanga with my knees on the floor but I do them.

What happens is, right around the seventh or eighth round, I forget why I didn’t feel like stepping on the mat in the first place. I’m out of my head and in my body.

All of a sudden I realize just how much I crave this, even when that little voice inside my head is telling me to spend the morning on the couch instead. I crave it and what started off as 10 simple sun salutes becomes a full hour of practice and breath and movement.

After Savasana, my entire mood has shifted—yoga always brings me back.

Sometimes, all we have to do is begin. The rest will take care of itself.



Rachel Brathen’s Favourite Yoga Pose.

Author: Rachel Brathen

Editor: Katarina Tavčar

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