What is Yoga 308
Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Day 225 - Practice at home
Tonight I decided to take my practice back in the home. I hadn't done this since I have gotten back from Colorado. I am finding this to be a real important part of my practice. The more yoga I learn and practice, the more I start to figure out the type of practice that is right for me. It may change daily, but I am feeling the postures that feel good for me in that moment.
Class is a great place to feel the energy of the yoga community around you, feel the vibrations of chanting, and be taught proper alignment for your postures. I am seeing some drawbacks of constantly going to a studio and not practicing in your my home. Besides the costs of studios, there are a few other things.
First, yoga instructors are guides. There is a point where I have gotten sick of listening to yoga instructors. Not because I am not learning from them, but rather I sometimes need to dive deeper into my soul, but find them to interrupt with their peaceful talking or lessons of life. There are days when I need instructors to guide me into meditation, and then there are days when I need to dive deep into meditation. This type of meditation I have been able to do a lot better on my own.
Second, a studio can be filled with distractions (so can your home). The person next to you who you want to go that deep into the posture. The music that you do not want to hear. The subsitute teacher you did not expect. The foul oder coming from the person next to you. Your home of course has the fridge, the telephone, the dog licking your face, people knocking on your door, ect. They are two different distractions. I think it is better to learn to overcome both of these. These are all life lessons.
Third, you have no one to blame, but yourself. Ultimatly, yoga is your practice. You have the abilibty to sit and breathe, push yourself and do 90 minutes of handstands, or lay in savasana the entier practice. This is your life. You choose how to live it. Practicing at home gives you the freedom to do as you please
I think it is very important to go to studios, but I am also going to work more on "my" practice. I think a good balance is in need. How do you practice at home? Send me an email or leave a comment.