Do you tend to give to others a lot? Do you awake to feed the kids, walk the dog, or go to work? Is your day filled with answering questions, playing chauffeur, or serving others? Do you come home to clean the house, cook dinner, or help with homework? When you do take time for just you? If you're struggling to find time for yourself, here are some thoughts.
As soon as you unroll your mat (at home or in class), designate that time as "Just For Me Time". When you are on an airplane the flight attendant instructs you to put the air mask on yourself first, then help others. This is some of the best advise I've ever heard.
Your have to take care of yourself in order to care for others. It's that simple.
Yoga is a time for you and no one else. It's a time to rejuvenate and nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Once your cup is full, you'll have something to give. You can't give what you don't have.
If you don't feel comfort, joy, and happiness, how can you inspire that in others?
It's not selfish or demanding to have your practice all about you. In the end, that's the only way to offer to others. At the end of a practice, dedicate the positive feelings to someone in need. Sometimes that someone is you.