Develop a home practice


Yoga is medicine for the mind body & spirit. Developing a home practice helps support you in times of need – combating moments of tension in the workplace, dealing with kiddie tantrums, or whatever your daily challenges are.

Putting aside some time for yourself, and cultivating a safe space at arms length, is becoming an increasing mechanism to counteract the busy, fast pace of our lives. Getting to know your own practice – your strengths, your limitations, your favourite asana – helps you create a practice to suit your needs, in your own time. It gives you the tools to support yourself, rather than looking to others for support, and is an empowering experience to feel you can respond to constantly changing life circumstances rapidly before they evolve.

Some days your home practice can be as simple as 5 minutes of Surya Namaskara/Sun Salutations or when you have put aside some time for yourself, a longer practice to get creative with. Learn to listen to what you need on each particular day, and have no expectations of your strength or flexibility. The body reacts differently to the practice each day, and within each day, each hour is different too. Finding your way onto your mat, through home practice and yoga classes, consistently and regularly, accumulates and intensifies the benefits of the practice.

Try out some of the sequences here to get you started. As you become more in tune with what your body needs, delve into the asana section. Print out the Yoga Matrix graphics below, to have at hand and ask yourself ‘what do I need today? Practice poses that are familiar and safe, that you have explored in class with the support of your yoga teacher. Start listening to alignment cues in class to try out at home. All you need is enough space to roll out a yoga mat! Remember to always take Savasana at the end of your practice to assimilate all the work and re-enter your day. But most of all, own your practice, and enjoy it!

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Ruth Delahunty Yogaru