The foundation of a home practice …

The foundation of a home practice …

The foundation of a home practice …

The hardest part of practicing yoga postures is getting on the mat.  Especially if you rely on traveling to a place to practice.  Think of stripping down the equation of mat arrival to its simplest intention.

  • Write down on paper three yoga postures you know how to do without the guidance of a teacher.  Don’t think, just write them down.
  • Circle the one posture of the three that is the most nurturing for your body, mind or spirit.
  • EVERY DAY practice this posture, come hell or high water or the super bowl.

Discipline is the key to any home practice.  Start simply.  No time minimums or lofty goals of two hour practices.  Do your posture.  Try some variations of ” your posture ” occasionally.  Some days your intuition will lead the way to the next posture …  Breathe deeply into all the sensations that come up as you practice ” your posture .”  Each day breathe deeply in the posture until your intuition tells you to switch sides or to come out.  Do this every day for a month.  Then decide to switch postures or add another one to the foundation.  This is a work in progress.  Keep building.  I have an early morning ritual that works for me and my family.  First thing upon waking I walk on to my mat and practice kneeling warrior.  I breathe and count to myself in order to do both sides evenly.  Done.

Please erase all thoughts that yoga must be done in a studio with Lucy Aloe pants on, inspiring Deva Premal singing and a fresh mist of lavender every ten minutes of the two hour vinyasa-thon.  Let’s get real.  Get started now.  Write down three postures, pick the most nurturing, practice your posture now and tomorrow and the next day …  The sense of urgency is crucial in this process.  Think of practicing this posture with the same sense of urgency one applies to running the rest room when the shrimp Vindaloo is not sitting well.  Yes, you have to get out of bed and practice “your posture ” if you forget during the day.

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