Usually when people talk about a successful and productive day they mention things like getting a bunch of work done at the office, completing a particularly difficult training session at the gym, or organizing and cleaning the entire kitchen. It isn’t typical for someone to say that they “accomplished a lot” by sleeping in late, listening to some music, taking a nap, and cooking a comfort meal of oatmeal and banana.
Last week, I was lucky enough to catch up with one of the people who has inspired me in my own yoga practice over the years. The conversation, naturally, turned to yoga. We sat outside in the cold London winter, tea in hands, and talked about yoga practice, and yoga teachers, and what it actually means to "be your own teacher."
Sometimes we can be found hovering over our laptop, chomping salad while finishing a proposal, or eating with a fork in one hand and a cell phone in the other. In a culture where it’s easy to stay plugged into work and social media 24/7, it’s easy to devour meals ravenously and swiftly without blinking an eye. While keeping up with work and current events is important, it doesn’t have to be at the expense of your health. If you often feel distracted and can’t remember the last time you sat down and truly savoured a meal, it may be time to hone and and focus on being intentionally present.