Home practice. Easier said than done!
Somehow getting in my car, or transportation of choice, trekking across lovely Austin traffic and signing into a studio is easier than just rolling out the mat right by my bed. I mean really, I can roll right onto it if I wanted to. Perhaps it's the TV staring me in the face or the sheer comfiness of the couch, or the million and one things on my “to-do” list that replaces the latest priority with another. Cute pooches like my little guy Indie tempt me with cuddle time :) I've always known developing a home practice was good for me, but I never quite got around to it...until I was forced to.
Like so many in our fast-paced society, 2013 has been the year of go-go-go. It still baffles me that we're already in May - MAY?! But, I digress. My life really picked up after I completed yoga teacher training ended back in March. There was work, family, travel, life's little curveballs and I was lucky if I could make it to two classes a week. This was a huge change from the 10+ hours I was able to spend during my training. Needless to say, getting to class was a huge challenge. But instead of prolonging and dwelling on my frustration, I decided to embrace the chaos.
I got home. I stared at my mat. Why did it look so foreign outside of its natural habitat of cork floors, pleasant lighting and clouds of incense? It's the last thing I wanted to do, but I was feeling miserable from not having my regular practice. I put on some of my favorite yoga jams, lit some incense and started off by doing half sun salutations. I stayed deeply connected to my breath, something that's hard to do for me with the distractions in a studio, but that was almost effortless on my own. And before I knew it, I had worked through a fully integrated asana practice and found myself in savasana (I believe that particular day I was in need of some serious detoxing working through hips and twists)!
Not only did I work up a great detoxifying sweat, but I felt empowered that I led myself to this state of dhyana. Like all of a sudden, my mat became a playground for transformative sequencing. I was more connected to my body and could actually indulge a bit in designing a practice for myself and what my body needed that day. I also discovered a wonderful creative outlet for my own self expression, and one that I hope to use more often in the future. As a teacher, this is especially illuminating to trust my intuition as I guide myself and others.
What I know now is, whether guided by a teacher or self-taught, I can arrive at savasana and find that sense of peace that yoga brings.
How many of you have a steady home practice? Let us know how you flow at home on the AYH Facebook page.
Namaste folks <3