The kitchen is always a place where we feel at home somehow, but often we don’t treat our yoga practice like our home – though it should be!
Yoga should be your place just for you, where you can relax into the moment, feel into your body, and just be who you are.
Stop trying to pretend, or make it harder than it needs to be! Just take the time to just BE in your yoga practice until it feels like home – just like your kitchen.
Rachel’s Yoga shares a few tips for doing this:
Have you ever noticed that whenever you have a party, everyone winds up in the kitchen? No matter how much you decorate your living room or spruce up the dining room, everyone winds up chatting in the kitchen, drinks in hand, perched on countertops. Kitchens are the heart of the home….
Despite the kitchen’s appeal, we often practice yoga as if we were in our dining rooms. We are well-dressed and concerned with how we appear. We are hasty to try to do things right, and become embarrassed if we use the wrong fork (or in the case of yoga, fall out of tree pose). We sit up straight, mind our language, and resist putting our elbows on the table…
The invitation: make your mat your kitchen. Forgo formalities, don’t worry about the food between your teeth, and give yourself the permission to be connected and comforted. Seek connection rather than perfection. Like a good homemade meal, let your practice nourish you. Take your time, savour your food. And relish the results…