What is your current yoga practice?
Some of my students make it to class several times a week, many make it at least once a week, and there are lots of yogis, like myself, who make it to a class infrequently.
If you’ve been practicing for some time, or if you are just getting going, developing a home practice can be a profound and positive change for you.
Research has shown that exercise is a “keystone habit,” which means that it can cause widespread changes for the better.
Of course, there are obstacles – the perceived lack of time, lack of motivation, and more.
But the benefits of a personal practice go deep, and include:
- a greater understanding and connection to your body
- a joyful and healthy beginning to your day
As with any habit, to develop a home yoga practice it is important to start with a small change.
Developing a personal practice can be a joyful change and long-lasting too – just follow these guidelines:
- A small change.Start with just 5 minutes in the morning!
- Set up a trigger. Lay out your mat the night before as a reminder
- Focus on starting. Begin with just 3 sun salutations. Anything beyond that counts for bonus points!
- Enjoy your practice. Your practice will wake up your body, mind, and spirit. Focus on the positive benefits.
- Be accountable. Tell another person about your practice. Tell me on my facebook page! It increases the likelihood that you will stick too it.
Once you have established a habit, you may want to add on to your 3 sun salutations. I like to begin every day with cat/cow , a gentle twist, and figure 4.
The guiding principal of a home practice is that you should do what you like – what feels good in the moment. Don’t push, make it about enjoyment and connection with your body. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.
Do you have a home practice, or do you want one? What does it look like? As always, the discussion can begin below.
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