Yoga Journal LIVE presenter Jason Crandell struggles to make time for his home practice just like the rest of us. Here, the poses he deems essential to feel balanced when he’s looking for shortcuts. For more of his tricks, join him at YJ LIVE New York April 21–24. Get tickets now.
A solid home practice is the hallmark of a dedicated yogi, right? But even with the best intentions, it can often be a challenge to maintain. Yoga Journal LIVE presenter Jason Crandell offers few ways you can set up yourself up for success.
First of all, try to get on your mat a few times a week, or as often as possible. Crandell advises making that as easy for yourself as you can. “Pick a time of the day that’s realistic for you,” he says. “We aren’t always able to practice at a traditionally ideal time.” If you have kids, a job, a commute, you aren’t necessarily getting up to practice before the crack of dawn. Yoga has to work with your schedule. Be accepting, accommodating, and practical about what you can do—whether it’s a few free moments before getting out of the house in the morning, 30 minutes before lunch, or an evening practice just before bed.
Second, acknowledge that when you do get to your home practice, it will be different from what you do in a class. “Embrace that a practice at home is going to have a different look, feel, and intensity,” he says. “Your home practice can complement anything you do in the studio.” Or it can be your main event. Both options are good.
Third, make sure your home practice is “simple, functional, and well-balanced,” Crandell says. “You want functional poses you can repeat that facilitate your well-being. Do postures that are accessible and balance one another.” He says 10 poses can be a great practice. Here are the postures he prioritizes, why, and how to work them into your home practice.
Jason Crandell’s Top 10 Yoga Poses
To make it as easy as possible for you to roll out your mat, Crandell recommends practicing these poses in order, once on the right side and once on the left when applicable. Hold each for about 5 breaths.
Join Kristen Kemp at Yoga Journal LIVE! in New York City for the PFY Plank Challenge on April 22 at 1:45 pm in the community space.
About our Expert
A former hockey player and skateboarder, Jason Crandell has had his fair share of falls. Which is why the Ohio native isn’t afraid to challenge yogis in arm balances and inversions that take practice and patience. (Just ask him about the 20-minute headstands he was asked to do during his teacher training with Rodney Yee.) Though the longtime Yoga Journal contributing editor is based in San Francisco, he spends much of his work life leading teacher trainings of his own and workshops in Asia and Europe. Otherwise, catch him in any of his Yoga Journal DVDs, including the Complete Beginner’s Guide.