Maintaining Work-Yoga balance
I am a full time Software Developer and an aspiring Yoga teacher.
Maintaining these two big roles plus the smaller roles of a being a cook, a cleaner, gardener, wife, daughter, etc. and maintaining your sanity at the same can drain you out sometimes.
How to maintain the yoga practice to keep it alive? Do you need to wake up at 5 am everyday and do a vigorous practice? Answer is no! I would have given up a long time ago if that was even remotely the case.
Practicing yoga while being distracted with something else will not provide you the full benefit of what Yoga can offer.
My general advise is do light yoga few times a week. It takes about 10–15 minutes and you will surely feel re-energized, calm and reconnected to yourself. During these few minutes, you can completely forget your phone, forget all the unfinished work, forget the world and just be by your Self. But what is light yoga? Don’t worry, it is nothing like in the picture above.
Let us remember the old forgotten fact, Yoga is not about physical body. It is about reconnecting with your soul. The word Yoga means “To Unite”. So let us do just that.
Best time to do light yoga is after a full day of work and before having dinner. At this time the energy is at its lowest. This is when your body, mind and soul needs your personal attention to heal from a long day of work, physical, mental activity and find your lost balance. Here are a few simple postures you can do at least few times a week to feel good about yourself and maintain the flexibility of your body:
Sukhasana — Cross legged posture
Cross your legs and sit comfortably on your hips.
Balasana —Child posture (with a slight variation)
Sit on your heels, bend forward and stretch your arms towards the sky.
Parvatasana — Mountain posture
Be tall and strong like a mountain.
Dandasana — Plank posture
Be firm and balanced like a plank.
Shavasana — Dead body posture
Just lie down on your back and close your eyes.
If you can just lie down on the mat or on the floor, not be distracted with your phone, close your eyes and be with your Self, then that is your Yoga.