That’s a picture of me doing yoga in the tiny space between the bed and the desk in my hotel room in Amsterdam in October. I’d just landed after 36 hours of travel and had less than an hour to get to the first session of the conference.
I knew I had time either to have a nap or to do some yoga.
So I did some yoga.
Now I’d hate for you to get the idea that I’m the kind of person who always chooses yoga over other temptations. There are plenty of days when I choose my couch, a glass of wine and some chocolate over time on the mat. And some days that’s a good choice. But often it’s not quite what I really needed and I end up wondering why I don’t just do what I know works – lots of yoga, lots of water, lots of sleep.
So I know as well as anyone how hard it can be to choose to do yoga when you are under pressure. But I also know as well as anyone what a difference it can make even simply to sit still and breath deeply for a few minutes.
That’s why when I found myself getting more and more tired over the past two weeks I knew I needed some very gentle yoga. And why – when I read your comments or tweets or talked to you on the phone – I knew that you needed some very gentle yoga too.
So this morning I hosted my first ever tele-class. A free 30 minute very gentle, easy-breezy, do-it-in-your-chair-if-you-like, no-lycra-needed yoga class.
If you missed it, no worries, you can download the recording now, put it on your iPod and take me and my fabulous Kiwi accent with you wherever you are going to be these holidays. If it all gets to be too much just slip out the back door or into the office, find a comfortable seat and listen along.
I’ve saved the recording and the words to the two meditations I use on the call on a special page here.