“If I’ve missed a flight, or if a business meeting has gone badly and I’m frustrated, I just stop and do Mountain Pose. I feel my feet. I watch my breath. It’s the connection no one can take away from me”
–Colleen Saidman Yee
In Summer 2018, I was staying at a dive and yoga resort on Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia. I was meant to be there for diving, but that had a few hiccups. I headed to the yoga shack to unwind and recentre and fell in love with Yin yoga, a gentle and grounding practice that’s all about surrender and weakness… definitely not my strengths.
I love yoga classes because they are dedicated time for me to focus on my body and my breath – with no space for excuses or leaving early. But I also love my own simple, informal yoga practices: simply sitting on my mat, looking out of the window at the moon or the mountains, and seeing where my body takes me.
Yoga is one of the best ways to ground ourselves; to sync our body and mind. Make it a part of your day and it’ll give you more than you might expect.
- Sign up for a yoga class
- Set up a yoga corner in your house, even if that’s just space to roll out your mat and wave around some incense. I have my mat looking out the window towards the mountains, and often stop by my mat first thing, as the sun rises, or before bed when the moon and stars are out.
- Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom by Colleen Saidman Yee (also see the Book Notes here)