One of the things I love to do when I’m preparing to teach a yoga class is to find a poem or piece of writing that inspires me and then pull it into my class and let a theme flow from there. Recently as I was getting ready for my 30 minute Express Gentle Yoga class, I opened one of my favorite poetry books right to this poem.
Enough by Danna Faulds
It’s enough to offer love no matter how imperfectly received or given
It’s enough to try and fail at a difficult task; enough to fall and rise, stumble, fall again, sigh, and start to walk, however slowly, in the direction the soul points.
It’s enough to seek peace and find pain, to gain nothing but a vision of truth, and take the long route home.
It’s enough to feel temptation, the dance of the senses, the hot pull of desire; enough to call on God, walk through fire, sleep and cry and fear or welcome dying.
It’s enough to be and breathe, to feel the touch of wind on skin.
It’s enough to take the day as it comes, to watch the ripples on the lake as the rock sinks to the bottom, to see the wild reflection of the surface calm into a mirror once again.
It’s enough to hear the voice of fear and hide – or seek it out and face the shame or shadows.
It’s enough to set out to tame demons and watch them multiply instead.
It’s enough to be buffeted by the winds of change and not blown over.
I and you and all of us, more than enough.
I read it and thought — this is perfect for a 30 minute Express Yoga class!
Sometimes we feel like we don’t have enough time to practice yoga, meditation, or any other form of self-care or self-support. It’s easy to write it off and figure that if we can’t spend a big chunk of time on it, then it must not be worth it. Oh how we put extra expectations on ourselves!
The truth is, ANYTHING is enough.
- 5 minutes is enough to take several full, deep breaths and practice alternate nostril breathing to feel more balanced.
- 10 to 15 minutes is enough to do a few rounds of cat and cow and other warm up movements, followed by a couple of sun salutations to feel more energized.
- 30 minutes is enough to combine all of that – breathing, movement to release and to build strength, and also add a short period of relaxation – to feel fulfilled and more at home in your body.
Even if you can only get away and practice for 30 minutes — It. Is. Enough.
Always remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Take that 30 minutes for YOU!
Check out the recording of that class in the At Home Yoga & Well BE-ing Studio content library, where I read the above poem throughout, and see how the words took us right through the practice. Then, consider joining me in either of my 30 minute classes on Thursdays — Express Gentle Yoga and/or Meditation Practice. Our full schedule has 8 opportunities each week for you to hop on the self-care express. See our schedule here.
Join us and enjoy the ride!