I was amused by most of these as I didnt get far on reading the first one. As my mat friend is my Yorkie. Whether I am in baby pose or down dog to the plank, you can guarentee he will join in I have got to the point that I ignore him a part from looking him in the other room and have him cry I think he like Yoga (haha) or is he learning too....
Discipline. When I practice at home I miss my instructor(s)' lead with my yoga practice. Even with very good DVDs I tend to ease up on my practice at home. However, when I work on certain poses at home it is a great help to gain confidence and strength for those difficult, to me, poses.
I am in the process of becoming registered to teach yoga...I am also a single full time mother of two with a pesky cat. Home practice for me is so challenging. I ALWAYS feel soooo much better when I do practice but I confess it is sporadic. I would like to be able to practice daily. Right now I'm managing anywhere from 1-3 times a week. I try to get up at 4:30 am but am just so tired! I have tried to do it in the evenings but find myself very distracted by everything going on around me (dinner, homework, housework, etc). I'd love some suggestions.
Two words: dog hair.
I have the luxury of a room where I have my mat permanently laid out ready for practice. I have a 14 year old son and a husband, and they love the calmness of this space. When I practice, I light a candle, put on a Phillip Glass CD and relax. This room used to be my husband's space for listening to music and working. But then he left. At first I couldn't bear to go into the room, it was too painfull, but then I made it my own. He moved back in three months later, but the the room has remained my sanctuary. It's amazing what you can do when you have to........................
I share a lot of the challenges others have already written of... being a full time student, working part time, being a wife and mother of two dogs...Most of all, though, I worry that I am not doing a pose right. I have definately injured myself at times, but it has helped me learn my bodies limits and focus on learning at my own pace, rather than comparing myself to others or having to keep up with a group pace.
I find it really difficult to motivate myself after a hard day's slog at the office, I also teach Yoga a couple of evenings a week (I am semi retired now even more important for me to put in some of my own practice) Any ideas?