Everything seems to be getting quicker. We have information at our fingertips.. we can shop, eat, exercise and date all at the touch of a button and we don’t even need to leave the house. We have more time but we give ourselves less time to really do the things that would benefit us the most.
When I first started going to a yoga class over 24 years ago you couldn’t take a class that was less than 90 minutes. Workshops lasted all day and you tube didnt exist!!Can you imagine? I had to travel to Manchester or London to take a workshop. I definitely had less time to get on my mat than I do now.
I love a long yoga class but why are they gettting shorter?If I start an online class I never switch it off. I am always determined to do it all. To really dwell and settle in the experience. To feel the shifts and changes. To fully absorb and give myself time. But there is a building trend towards short yoga classes. Youtube is full of them.
Of course something is better than nothing right? A little goes a long way and all that- but I really do believe that we are just feeding our distraction-our busy mind- by constantly succumbing and choosing the fast lane.
Consider the set up of a well structured yoga class. You have the settling in and warm up- that’s at least 10 to 15 minutes. It should be if you really want your mind to settle and your breathing to slow down- to shift gears. Then you have the main body of the practice, the asanas- there might be a theme, a focus, a build up to a posture or set of postures. This should be at least 30 to 45 minutes right? Then we have the winding down and relaxation- again another 10 to 15 minutes. Relaxation is as important as the main practice. Are you staying in relaxation when the class has finished? Probably not.. Your mind suddenly floods with your to do list and you are up and off about your day.
Choosing a short yoga class is like saying you are going swimming but only putting one leg in! My argument is that if you can spare 30 minutes you can do 45!! You deserve longer.. don’t feed the monster!! You are worth at least 1 hour of uninterrupted yoga time, whether it is at home in your bedroom or with us in the studio.
Our studio opens again on the 17th May for in person classes. We will also continue to livestream most of our classes.
Love and Yoga