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Tips for a home Yoga practice space
One of the “myths” and misunderstandings is that you just do it. You just “meditate” Or you just do Yoga asana. There are some practical and physicals aspects of a practice – I say practice, because that is what it is. And this is what it takes.
When we practice, with awareness, we gain perspective of where the body might be holding tension, reoccurring thoughts, or themes, “chatter”, whatever it is, a practice build on a disciplined and loving foundation will sustain you beyond just sitting – it allows you to translate perspective into the choices you make off the cushion and off the mat.
These tips may be helpful if you want to practice on a regular basis.
Remember it is not about having no thoughts, or bending into ridiculous poses.
It is about experiencing and feeling things as they occur, and through the physical and breathe connection, finding ways to work thought blockages, tension, anxieties. The wonderful thing about Yoga is that it gives you the natural capacity of learning how to respond to situations, rather than react from a place of fear, depletion, or nervous system imbalance. Yoga is the yoke, the union and when practiced from a place of wholeness, you will naturally start to handle life in a calmer, cooler way. You become aware of how you are changing while your daily practice grows.
One of the “myths” and misunderstandings is that you just do it. You just “meditate” Or you just do asana. There are some practical and physicals aspects of a practice – I say practice, because that is what it is. And this is what it takes.
When we practice, with awareness, we gain perspective (even in our Yoga asana practice) of where the body might be holding tension, reoccurring thoughts, or themes, “chatter”, whatever it is, a practice build on a disciplined and loving foundation will sustain you beyond just sitting – it allows you to translate perspective into the choices you make off the cushion and off the mat as well as on the mat.
Here are my top 6 tips to support you to cultivate a home yoga space
- Permission to practice. First, the relationship you have with yourself. Without guilt. An investment in your self care. When you value your space and choose Yoga as a time for yourself, and this anchors your intentions. Intentional practice creates natural balance, purpose and can also be an act of self empowerment. Through understanding your needs you establish a natural boundary. Talk to what you need. Establish them.
- Routine: Sometimes it’s not easy to find the discipline to practice. There is always so much distraction. And more important things to do. So if you wait for a proper moment to practice, you will probably wait forever
- Craft a Sanctuary. Create a personal practice spot in your home, or in your garden or somewhere that you claim as your time. It’s really helpful to create a nice place for Yoga in your home where you feel comfortable and undisturbed. Get your mat, set candles, incense, music. Whatever you need to feel anchored and motivated to sit, move and breathe.
- Remove the time pressure Just sit, no matter how you feel. Breathe. And remove the myth that you have to complete a full class or sequence of movement to practice Yoga. People often say: “I felt so restless, it wasn’t a good time to practice……” or I dont know how, or I don’t have time”. Yoga is not about always feeling calm. Or steady. It is about just sitting with whatever comes up. You might feel happy. You might feel terrible. It doesn’t matter. All you have to do is stay with it, stay present. So any mood is perfect.
- Be friendly to yourself, remember Ahimsa Sitting with yourself can be quite a challenge….so keep it light. It takes time to become comfortable with your own restlessness. Feel good about your practice. Learn to look at yourself with a friendly eye; it makes all the difference in the world! Look in and observe yourself always with compassion, love and kindness
- Always Sangalpa, Always Shivasana. If not you are just exercising. Both are fundamental to integrating your practice beyond the physical movement. You can learn more about 1:1 Yoga Fundamentals Program here, including Yoga asana, class plans and private instruction.
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