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30 minutes to Change

30 minutes to Change

I don’t think it is… not all the time anyway. Not in this day and age with all the tweets, bells, ring tones and information access we have at our fingertips. I think it’s challenging. Not only do we have technology working against us, but we also have our lovely mind playing games with us. We have an agenda. We have patterns. We have a plan that we think is “the” plan. We have rules and obligations and responsibilities! Argh! It’s so tiring … how can we even begin to “be the change” when on some days, we’re just treading water!

Breathe in and then breathe out. Here’s a really easy way to make sense of it all. And you need maybe … 20-30 minutes in the morning, or at night .. or whenever you can steal it.

Two minutes: Deep Ujjayi breathing while seated

Ten minutes: 5-7 rounds of Surya Namaskara of your choice
Here's my YouTube Channel for some simple ideas).

Ten minutes: Hold three/five postures that help you with stamina and balance: Warrior postures are good Virabhadrasana I (pictured below), Virabhadrasana II, Trikonasana, Parsvottasana (and all their variations), balancing postures, (Vriksasana, Natarajasana), arm balancing (Bakasana, Astavakrasana).

One minute: Get upside down … pick any inversion: Sirsasana, Adho Mukha Vrksasana, Pincha Mayurasana, Sarvangasana or even Viparita Karani (pictured below) – just get your feet over your head!

Two minutes: Savasana .. I mean it, be still.

Five minutes
: Chanting or journaling .. you pick what’s going to best center you and keep you grounded throughout your day.

There is nothing more important than your clarity, nothing. And you won’t find it anywhere else but inside, silent and moving with breath. From there you can feel into the reality of your day as it unfolds. Everything will make sense and what isn’t needed will fall away as if by magic.

By Dana Damara


“My passion on the mat is proper alignment, powerful breath and effortless flow so you feel that off your mat. Your practice becomes sacred space where you arrive to find more meaning, depth, authenticity and integrity in your life."

- Dana Damara: mother, author, yoga instructor, speaker and yogini.

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