First thing when you wake up, before you have the thought not to do it, before you tackle your to-do list and your morning routine…SIT.
Sit for just 10 breaths. Just 10 breaths in and 10 breaths out.
Then get up and start the day. It’s amazing how this very simple, very short practice levels me before I launch. And it’s amazing to me how much easier it is to remember to close my eyes and take a slow deep breath later in the day when I really need it.
The other is simply the reminder that the practice is a breathing practice and a practice of paying attention and connecting with the inner quiet that we carry with us everywhere we go…
So while sometimes we go to class and are guided through 90 minutes of asana and pranayama, and sometimes we enjoy and extended practice of 2 or 3 hours, and sometimes we immerse ourselves in a workshop or training…
Simply standing in samastitihi, the pose of attention, for 10 breaths (or 5 breaths, or 20 breaths) IS a practice too.
But most importantly, just stand and breathe and be quiet and strong and simple and still for a few moments. Then go off and live the day.
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