Thinking about whether to do your practice or not is a slippery slope. Our thoughts are tricky, easily derailed, and unreliable for doing what is best for us.
Not getting to your mat can be tempting when the weather is bad. And without the commitment in advance, it won't get any easier.
Take your decision to practice once, in advance, when your feeling pro-active. It is soooo much easier than deciding each day or week whether or not to turn up. If you are constantly questioning whether your practice is going to happen, then Autumn is the season where it will really slide.
Pick your time, pick your class, book it in and stick to it, enjoy that you did it. The same way that you don't think about cleaning your teeth each day, you already committed to doing that as part of your life years ago. Yoga practice should be developed to be that same positive habit.
I took a drenching this morning going to the studio. But it made me feel alive, vibrant, and great to be outside, rather than home watching the rain. It is always hard when you have to decide to leave the house. Commit ahead of time, book your term or pre-book your month's classes using your membership to help you stick to your good intentions.
You'll always be glad you did.
When practicing in the heat when your not used to it, you might need to modify your yoga practice slightly.
Here are some top tips:
1) Come to your yoga mat well hydrated
2) Take more time between yoga poses and transitions. Blood pressure might be different so allow more time between lying, kneeling and standing transitions
3) Listen closely to how demanding your breath becomes and ease off the effort if your breath doesn't remain steady and calm.
4) Practice with your mat on a wooden or tile floor, then when you lie down leave your arms hanging off the edge of the mat and enjoy the coolness you find there. Perhaps even step off your mat and practice with feet on the floor for the standing asana.
5) Consider leaving out the really vigorous parts of your practice if you find your getting too hot or sweating a lot.
6) Feel the differing sensations in the body from how you usually take your practice, an opportunity to take familiar postures through a new lens.
7) As always, enjoy and take more time sitting with the breath as your practice focus and less time in demanding asana.
Wishing you well in the heat.
Founder of YogaSpace,
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