Time for Practice Time
Finding time for our own yoga practice at home can sometimes be difficult, but whenever we do, we feel better for it. Sometimes it may only be 15 minutes, other times we might have the luxury of longer.
I was fortunate to spend a month at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India last September. This is the home of Iyengar yoga where students from all over the world come together to study yoga with Guruji’s family and very experienced senior teachers. This was an amazing experience. As well as the wonderful tuition, our own personal “Practice Time” was scheduled into the timetable. It was part of the daily routine, where there were no other distractions or commitments. It was a time to recap on what we had learned in the classes or explore other asanas and sequences from Light on Yoga.
Trying to continue a similar level of practice once home was a challenge, but simply setting time aside for practice and making it a priority works. Very often when we are busy our yoga practice seems to get put to one side, but that’s when it’s most important. We can explore, experiment and play in our own space and time, understanding and feeling the effects of yoga.
The hardest thing is getting started. Here are some tips that will help you. Firstly, find a dedicated space in your home, an area where you won’t be disturbed. Then, like we did in Pune, timetable a session for your practice into the week. In the beginning, it may be that you practise just once a week and schedule only 10 minutes on your mat, and that’s fine. Don’t set yourself unrealistic goals as you may become disheartened. And if things don’t quite work out as you imagined simply start again another time and it will be different.
If you need any help or advice please do feel free to contact me, Carolyn, Sarah or Sue (our details are on the iYoga teachers page: https://www.iyengaryogamanchester.co.uk/teachers/) There are also some sequences on the iYoga website which you might find useful (https://www.iyengaryogamanchester.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Home-practice-sequence.pdf)
Must go – it’s my Practice Time! Enjoy your own personal yoga practice…..
Jacky Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org)