Who would have thought that I'll be waking up a 5:30AM sunrise practice for a whole week? Certainly not me 😄 Don't get me wrong, I'm a ‘disciplined yogi’. I make sure to take time to practice and meditate every day no matter how busy my day is. But I also learned to take a break whenever I feel like I should take one. Some days, like this past week for instance, I’ve been literally jumping out of bed at 5:30AM because I didn't want to miss the magic of a sunrise practice by the sea. In Vienna I also like to practice in the morning, but at 5:30AM I'm just not feeling it AT ALL.
Many of my students keep asking me at what time they should do their practice. I think there is no universal truth for this. Traditionally you're recommended to practice yoga “upon waking up, before breakfast, and with empty bowels”. This works well for many people every day, but sometimes it just doesn't. Depending on your work and family situation, sometimes you just can't keep up with that sort of schedule. Rather than being too rigid and losing all joy in your practice, try to compromise and see what works for you and your circumstances.
As a yoga teacher, some days I have to wake up at 5:45 in the morning to teach at 7:00. For a short period of time I tried to squeeze in a short practice before teaching these morning classes, but soon I noticed that I couldn't enjoy it and didn't feel it's benefits.
First and foremost, I think your practice should make your days better and easier. It's your happy hour after all. To make your practice enjoyable, experiment a little. Try to see what works for you and when in your day your practice helps you the most. Some people like to start their day off with taking time for themselves by consciously breathing and moving around a little, some like to practice after work to clear their head and help them relax.
Remember that your practice is YOUR PRACTICE. The most important thing is to not sacrifice your joy for practicing only because someone said that it has to be done in one specific way. Respecting your body and listening to your intuition is as important as respecting the tradition.
Till the next time! 😊