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Your Own Home Practice

Updated: Sep 5, 2022

Setting up your own home yoga practice can be really special, exciting and empowering, and sometimes it can also feel daunting. So in this article I will touch on four tips and tricks that can get you started with a little more ease. As you start to create your own yoga plan and practice, you can adjust to what best suits you. Know that there are no all-perfect ways, times, places, or bodies required to practice yoga.

1. Times and Days to Practice Yoga. A yoga practice is there to support you, which means whatever time works best for you, is just right for your unique be-ing. Some people find practicing yoga in the morning beneficial, where some find the middle of the day the best, and for others it’s before dinner or bed. For some it can be helpful to practice yoga at the same time of day, for example: Manya practices yoga three times a week at 6pm for 45 minutes, this regularity helps her to set up a sustained habit of practicing yoga. Manya uses her timer on her phone to know when 30 minutes is up and for the last 15 minutes she mediates on her chosen intention. Some people have irregular plans during the week, and can’t practice at the same time of day, so they need to have different times to practice yoga, for example: Ananya can fit in her yoga practice on a Monday morning at 6am, a Wednesday night at 8pm and a Friday Afternoon at 4pm. All go for 20 minutes and she uses a timer to let her know when 15 minutes is up and for the last 5 minutes she meditates. Whatever suits you is perfect, it’s just about assessing your availability and committing to what is possible for you, with compassion. When you’re ready you can reflect on your schedule and commitments and workout when is best for you.

2. Create Space, to Maintain Your Practice. You may have now worked out what times work best for you, the day, the time, perhaps the length, and now you’re ready to think about where you can physically practice. Your yoga practice is there to support you, which means whatever place feels best for you, is just right for your unique be-ing. You may want to think about what physical area will be the best place for you to practice. For some this could be in their bedroom, in the lounge-room, in the back-yard or veranda or wherever your matt is (if you are traveling). You may also consider a place that feels safe, uncluttered and non-stressful, this may mean that where you practice is kept clear of books or things that move you into stressful mind-patterns, perhaps facing a window or a particular wall feels good to you, for some images are helpful and for others pictures are distracting, and the same applies for choosing whether you use incense and candles. Work out a place and space that feels easy and nurturing for you to maintain your practice. You may also want to think about how you can ensure you don’t get personally interrupted while practicing (as much as reasonably possible), this may look like letting your family or house-mates know that during this time you are practicing yoga and need some space without questions or interruptions. You may also want to ensure your phone is either off or on aeroplane-mode so that there are no technological interruptions during your practice. Props and equipment are part of creating space for your practice, and you really don’t need much to begin. Many people use a yoga mat, although some use a rug, whatever is going to be helpful for your practice, where your knee’s and spine can be protected from the hard floor, and you have enough support and grip when moving into a pose. Besides a yoga mat you may also want to use a block or two, a block is helpful for many supported poses, for Supported-bridge pose, or Supported-fish-pose, or perhaps for stronger poses such as Warrior III or Half-moon pose. If you don’t have a block, a heavy thick book or two that are about the same size as each other, and a blanket over the top so they are comfortable to use, this can be just as helpful. An extra blanket or two can be really nurturing to use at the beginning of the practice and at the end of the practice in Corpse-pose or seated in mediation.

3. Keep the practice simple. To begin with, it can be helpful to keep your practice simple so it doesn’t become mentally confusing or overwhelming. It can also be helpful to enquire into what pose’s and rituals you love and want to include in your practice. You may include lengthening and stretching pose’s that help you to release tension in area’s of your emotional-body and mind, or poses that help build strength in area’s of your body and mind that can provide you with a sense of support for your whole-being. You may include certain breathing practices or chants that resonate with you, gratitude’s or intention setting. Anything that benefits you and helps you to form your unique yoga practice.

You may want to simply reflect or perhaps journal about how you felt after your practice: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Compassionately you could inquire and notice what worked or didn’t work for you, is there is anything you need to change, develop on, or be more kind with. Keep it simple, as to avoid overwhelm.

4. A Nurturing Practice. This practice is for you to feel supported and nurtured. Your own yoga practice is for you to experience a sense of whole-some benefits. Your yoga practice is to support, allow, bring awareness and healing to your mind-body-soul-spirit. Every time you practice, it is going to be different and unique. You will notice, experience and sense different things each time. Sometimes there will be re-leases, sometimes there is just the noticing of a sensation or tension, sometimes there are insights and understandings, sometimes it will bring you a lot of energy and other days you may notice you are feeling a bit heavier but perhaps more centred in your body. Whatever feels right to you one day, may not feel right the next day, sometimes you may want a stronger practice and sometimes you may need a gentler, slower practice. A nurturing practice is one where you listen and are guided by your whole-being and can begin to tune into what will best serve you: emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Much care to you, ask any questions if you need or would like :)

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