Home Practice - Alexis Gulliver

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01.09.2016 tarihinde eklendi.

Having a home yoga practice can be one of the greatest things you ever do for yourself. You can practice in the comfort of your own home, whenever you want, and at your own pace. Then why is it so hard to cultivate a home practice? We end up making excuses that we don't have time, or that we don't know what to do. It seems like everything else in the house seems more important than unrolling the mat and doing your practice. So over the years I have developed a few things that I do to help make it easier to get on my mat and do it regularly. 

 

#1) have a dedicated yoga spot and keep your mat unrolled there all of the time. It works even better if it is someplace that you can see and even have to step over multiple times as you move around your house. With the mat unrolled it will be a constant reminder to practice. And you don't even have the excuse to be too lazy to unroll the mat. It's already done. 

 

#2) get rid of thinking that you need to practice for a certain about of time to start. 5 mins? 2 hours? Decide how long you have for that day and set a timer. Commit to stating on your mat until the timer goes off.  Just get on the mat and stay there. No matter what, if the phone rings, if you see something you think needs your immediate attention... Leave it... Stay in the bubble of your mat. Eventually your mat becomes your little island of peace and serenity if in the mist of other distractions.

 

#3) pick your favorite poses. Love cat/cows? Do those 10 times. Then try stretching back into a down dog. What's your next favorite pose? Do that. Rest. Take a child's pose. It's not about how complicated or creative you make the practice. It's about learning to listen to your body. Feel what needs to be opened or stretched and then respond accordingly. It can be really nice to pick your 10 favorite poses and just keep practicing those. On days when you have more motivation you can get fancy and creative. For now it's just about enjoying the time on your mat. 

 

And last but not least, your yoga practice is an expression of joy. It should make you happy to be on your mat. To feel your body and breathe and even if it isn't perfect or exactly how you want it to be... Have gratitude for where you are in the present moment and everything you have lived to get you this far...

 

Finally when you need/want more inspiration take a class from YogaUni. So you don't have to think, you can just follow along.

 

Good luck and happy practicing!

 

Alexis