You may have noticed that yesterday was the first Tuesday in a few years without a new Yoga With Paul post. What gives?
We’ve all spent the past few weeks trying to adjust to a totally new, unexpected, scary reality. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like, wow — where does this end?
Nor in feeling like time has taken on strange characteristics.
Instead of having loads of extra time the changes in my routine seem to swallow up hours and even though I’m happily teaching online it hasn’t freed up hours.
So, rather than obsess about doing I’ve decided to use this enforced change of lifestyle and pace to focus on the essentials of my life and practice.
This means taking a step back from the usual to-do lists and expectations and make time to practice yoga with extra mindfulness and compassion — both self-compassion and compassion for others.
It means consciously breathing my way through the day, grateful for this capacity to and aware of the importance of the breath in managing my thoughts and emotions.
Not least, it means focusing on people and relationships. Gravity makes the world go ’round, but love makes it worth being on this planet. Right now, it’s easy to get caught up in obsessing about what’s happening around us. Let’s take a moment to remember what really controls the quality of our life is what happens inside us.
We need love and positive energy right now, more than ever. Let’s cherish and appreciate those nearest us and make an extra effort to reach out to those around us — we could all use some extra support and care right now, so let’s share with each other.
For the next few weeks, as part of my self-care, I’ll be posting less frequently. It’s a time for me to recharge and a chance for you to browse through the wonderful older posts you might have missed.