I do not make new year resolutions, but I am making it a goal to do a 30 minute yoga routine at least 5 times a week. (also do Tai Chi). My yoga instructor stated if one makes an effort to do something 21 days in a row, it becomes more of a routine than an effort.
I have found it helpful to keep my yoga mat out in a spare room (or corner) and make that the place I go to in the morning and after work to drink my tea. It always turns into something interesting. Listening to my body and giving it what it wants is very nurturing and peaceful.
Great advice for people who are just beginning. As a teacher I see alot of people struggling with time for a lengthy practice. I always tell them to start with sitting quietly for 5 to 10 minutes as a starter. Then to bring in a couple of simple asanas from the class home with them.
I thought that some postures can be only after you have prepared for it after a series of postures. For example, I'd be afraid of hurting myself if I focused right away on the dancers pose or the wheel. So I'm confused when you say to pick a pose and work on it for that day. Can you explain?
I agree - very practical and a good read. Good suggestions for someone that may not be able to get to the daily/weekly yoga class but may still be able to maintain a meaningful practice at home.
Excellent guide for starting one's home practice
Thank you for the article on home practice I found it helpful since the beginning of the New Year. I am finally sitting in the morning and getting back into my practice. I am in a place where I am not able to afford Yoga classes and my yoga instructor moved away. It has taken me awhile to finally settle into my own routine and like you mentioned I am only doing a few postures in the AM before I start my day it has proven to give me more energy and keep me balanced. What a difference 10 or 15 minutes can make. Especially when you live in a cold snowy climate this time of year keeps you inside and sometimes depressed from lack of sunlight.
Peace to all in 2009-Follow your internal path
Nice article on home practice. I am trying to find my way to daily home practice, and I think focusing on a single pose for the week is a good idea, which I intend to try. I also like that it points out short sessions are beneficial - sometimes I feel as if I must do long sessions, and it is harder to find a block of time each day.
Your article on home pratice was excellent and warming to the heart. One would be encouraged to follow these steps and sets goals to develope a well rounded pratice.
A well-written article to advise longtime practitioner to learn how to do home practice. I find this article and advices are useful. It is true sometimes our practice should go with the flow and our feelings. I am learning.... :-)