July 13, 2013

Deepen Your Home Practice

What's your hardest yoga pose? If you and your yoga friends were to compare notes, you'd likely come up with a wide variety of answers. But virtually all practitioners will tell you that a greater challenge lies in developing and maintaining a home practice.

Beginners face the task of remembering poses to practice; more experienced students face the dilemma of deciding what emphasis to choose during any particular session. Even teachers and students with decades on the mat can be daunted by the difficulties of maintaining and renewing a home practice. Illness, family obligations, boredom, travel, and that universal bugaboo, a perceived lack of time—all these obstacles, and more, will inevitably appear.

Regardless of what you actually do, if your practice is an expression of what is alive in you now, that practice will help you stay present during your time on the mat. That experience can serve as a model for practicing presence all day long. It will also satisfy you and thus help give you the impetus to practice again tomorrow. If you force yourself to practice because you think you should, because you didn't yesterday, or for any other more external reason, even the most technically polished poses will not answer your inner need for ease and wholeness.

No matter what your goal is, maintaining a home practice might be your most valuable tool for getting yourself there.


IN THIS ISSUE

Bringing Your Practice Home

http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/819

Build a Home Practice So You Can Do It Yourself

http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/1216


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