I think that the most wonderful and liberating aspect about Yoga is that one doesn’t need any fancy equipment or a designated room to practice. Yoga is accessible. The practice meets you wherever you are, whenever you want. Having a disciplined home practice and committing to it is a profound tool to keep your body and mind healthy, raise your energy vibrations and deepen your relationship with Yoga. You need to develop a home practice because sometimes due to restrictions which can be personal, geographical or financial in nature, you can’t be a regular practitioner at a studio.
If you have been working towards achieving a disciplined home practice, there are certain aspects to consider:
- Allot a minimum time for your practice each day. Be consistent and show up to the mat. You might want to start small, say 15 minutes to begin with – so that you can stick with the commitment and feel positive about it rather than guilty.
- Prioritize and sanctify yourself and your practice. You are important. Honour your time on your mat and do it no matter what, no matter where you are.
- Always include “be still” time in your practice. It could be a gentle Pranayama, silent or mantra meditation or just sitting still.
- Go for regular tune-ups to a qualified teacher so that you don’t feel stuck.
- Use resources available to you to stay inspired. Learn from Yoga blogs and take free online classes.
- Sequencing can make or break your Yoga practice. A few guidelines to follow when you create a sequence:
- Always begin with some gentle deep breathing.
- Warm up the body with some gentle movements like cat-cow, ragdoll forward fold, head rotations, shoulder shrugs etc.
- Sun Salutations are a great way to boost your energy levels and gain a full body workout. A must in your home practice.
- Standing poses and Balances
- Seated poses and twists
- Core work
- Take your spine in all six directions (forward and back, twists on each sides, side bends)
- Inversions are a great way to conclude the practice and gain a new perspective.
- Shavasana or corpse pose
- Take five minutes in the end to just sit quietly and meditate.
Have no shame about your practice. Own it! Do it unapologetically!
Take care of yourself first and everyone around you will benefit from you being grounded and happy. No matter what technique, what style or what sequence you use, BELIEVE in it. Do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.
Stay consistent and make it work. See you on the mat!