Practicing Hatha yoga with a good teacher is an excellent way to create good postural habits. For example, we may learn that the low back pain we experience every morning is due to the fact that we stand with our hips leaning to one side with most of our weight on one leg. A large discrepancy in the hips while practicing pigeon is a good indicator that the students standing posture or walking pattern is favoring one side. A conversation with this person with some specific questions showing your concern and desire to help could begin the healing process. Creating good habits is an expression of self-love and concern for your own health. When we can heal and love ourselves, then we can love all of those around us in a more profound way. How do you create healthy habits ? How do you stick with it ?
A daily yoga practice can keep us healthy physically, emotionally and even enhance our spiritual growth. Attending a yoga class every day can get expensive and be a little impossible to fit into the busy work week. Holly, one of our teacher trainees, gave us this specific and excellent way to stay motivated for practicing yoga on a daily basis. “Sit down on your yoga mat every day with no expectations or plans to do anything.” Commit to the practice of creating this daily habit. Sit down on your mat, it works. Some days I do a full practice including inversions, wheel, standing postures, balancing postures and meditation. Other days just hip openers and twists. Some days only for 10-15 minutes. I’ve been known to go down to North Main Yoga with big plans to practice and end up lying in savasana for 40 minutes. The practice is the effort put forth to get on the mat. Once you’re there, let intuition guide the way and connect with your true self. We then start to realize how hard we on ourselves and how out of context our expectations are. Doing a little yoga (even just sitting on your mat each day) is way more than doing nothing at all.