I’m trying to be more honest with myself. I’m trying to avoid setting unrealistic expectations for myself so I’m not so disappointed in myself when I don’t reach them. I’m trying to let go of what I should be doing and focus on what I am doing. So here goes.
I am not going to get up early and go to the gym tomorrow morning. I’m just not going to do it. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve vowed to set an alarm, get up early and take a yoga class. I’m fully aware that it’s good for me. I even know I’ll feel great after. But I’m not going to do it because I know what would really happen if I said I was going to do that: upon waking up early, I would hit snooze over and over again before giving up and falling back asleep, leading to my being late for work and feeling terrible all day. Well, it turns out there is a work-around.
Lovelle Harris at Britco.com created a list of six yoga poses you can do without leaving your bed and she is speaking my language. “No need to hit the snooze button for these moves," she says. "Just roll over and follow these simple poses to begin your day with a sense of 'Om' instead of 'Ugh!'”
The list includes instructions as well as demonstrative photographs of Jen DeKok, one of the fitness pros from San Francisco’s CorePower Yoga. The best part they’re all things I can actually see myself doing.
The instructions are easy to follow, too. For example, The Wind Removing Pose:
“Also known as the one-legged knee-to-chest pose, this movement helps to relieve tension that occurs in the area of the belly and lower back. Lay on your back, inhale deeply and bring one knee to your chest. Wrap your arms around your knee and clasp your fingers together. While exhaling, lift your head and bring your chin toward your chest. Hold this position for four to eight breaths. On an exhale, slowly return your head back to the bed and straighten your legs. Repeat with the other leg.”
I love a workout instruction that says “return your head back to the bed.”
While obviously not as effective as a full yoga class, anything is definitely better than nothing.
Bonus info: You can also do a yoga sequence in bed before you go to sleep! Check out this relaxing sequence from POPSUGAR.