This is the quick story about how I use yoga to escape the fast paced, information driven world of a small business owner. Like so many of us, we feel as if there’s simply not enough time in each day to accomplish what we set out to do. Whether you’re a student, a parent, a grandparent; wherever you are at in life, I’m confident that there have been days that you’ve wished were longer than twenty four hours. I mean, come on! How are you supposed to feed the dog, walk the dog, tweet about walking the dog, text your best friend, exercise, pick up the kids, cook dinner, remember the meeting that night at 7:30, and all of this while keeping up with your email and your favorite show on Netflix? Impossible, right?
For me, I recently finished college and started my own company. My days are filled with crazy ideas about how to make my business work, grow, and thrive. My mind is always trying to figure out new ways to do things, new ways to challenge the way things have always been done. Starting a business from nothing takes time and it takes patience. But, slowing down and having time to myself is becoming very difficult. It seems as though every chance I get to pause and think a new notification pops up on my phone. Some sort of distraction interrupts every moment of silence. The days seem faster and shorter. So what do I do to step back?
Yoga. Just me and my mat. Nothing else matters for those 75 minutes. It is a time to breathe and to tune into what’s going on inside. Having that time of no distractions has been so refreshing during the week. It has allowed me to stay centered and it serves as a time to reset and keep things in perspective. It has taught me that no matter how much stuff is going on in our lives or how busy our schedules get, we are still in control. We are not the product of our hectic lives; rather, we are the orchestrators.
Sometimes life seems to throw everything at us to see how much we can handle. During these times get intentional about slowing down, breathing, and realizing that you are in control. It doesn’t have to be a yoga class (although, I highly recommend it). It’s different for everyone. It can be in the car on the way to work. It can be during your morning coffee. It can be in bed before you fall asleep. Just try it. Shut out all the chaos around you and be still. Find the positive areas in your life and focus on them for a few minutes. Know that you are in control and that you can handle whatever faces you. Find your mat.