When I started practising yoga, back in 2002, I could only afford to do 1 - 2 yoga classes a week. I was just out of college and had a limited budget. My mom even helped pay for some of my yoga classes because she saw how much it helped me.
After a few months I saw & felt the changes in my body, mind and heart. I wanted to do more! I started asking my teacher (Dan Clement of http://www.indigoyoga.ca) what kind of yoga books he would recommend and what type of poses I should do at home. At that time he was exploring Ashtanga yoga, so he suggested David Swenson's "Ashtanga Yoga, the Practise manual" as it broke down the Primary Series, which was what we had been practising. So I went online and bought it.
After weeks of anticipation, the book arrived. I remember vividly unwrapping the packaging, rolling out my yoga mat and opening the pages of the book. Thank you David Swenson for keeping it simple and clear, as this is what I needed.
I was still a new practitioner, so I found myself going slow, looking up at the book probably way too much and struggling a lot with what I thought I "should" look like or be feeling or doing. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but in hindsight it was my expectations that let me down. I continued doing this, not always finishing the series, however I set the intention to be consistent and get to my yoga mat regularly.
This is the moment when my practise changed. When my practise imprinted in my life. I committed to Time with myself! I've never been the same since.
It's not easy practising at home on your own. Even now as a yoga teacher, an entrepreneur and a busy mom. I have way too many excused not to get to my mat. Then I remember why I practise, and how I feel when I do. I'm a better mom, a calmer wife, a skillful yogi and a compassionate teacher.
I MUST practise.
Most people assume, that to do yoga at home you have to have an advance understanding of yoga and the postures. Or that you have to practise for a certain amount of time for it to count. Or that you have to be flexible or knowledgeable with the history & philosophy. Some people even think you need a specific fitness space or designated yoga room to practise at home.
THIS IS ALL FALSE!
I practise yoga in my living room. Surrounded by toddler toys, with my cat purring all around me. Sometimes I put music on and groove, sometimes I log in and do a class online (YOGO.tv of course). Sometimes I practise for an hour and other times I just have 20 - 30 minutes. There are NO rules to YOUR practise. Just get to your mat, move, breath, be conscious of your actions and thoughts. Take time for yourself.
I feel blessed that I've been surrounded by amazing yoga teachers and people who have supported me in this exploration and encouraged me to DO MY YOGA.
So here's my challenge to you.........TRY YOGA AT HOME!
If you need inspiration, try this class from YOGO.tv
(It's free & it's with ME) Hatha Yoga class - Your practice as a refection of life
With you on this path,