Thursday, January 26, 2017

Developing My Personal Practice

As I work through the requirements for my Yoga Teacher Training I have the opportunity to dive into my own practice. I have tried some free flow practicing where I just do whatever feels right at the time and sometimes that is all I can fit into my day with kids and work. Other days I can squeeze in a Bodhi Yoga online class where I can practice what I have been studying. I have access to free yoga videos on TV so I've been trying a few of those out in the early mornings when only Russell and I are up. The nice thing about those is I can try other styles of yoga and different teachers so I can experience what else is out there.


Through the last few weeks of practicing I have learned that if you've tried yoga and didn't like it it's totally possible you either tried a style, class, studio, or a teacher that wasn't a good fit for you. When I'm in shape I can keep up with pretty much any yoga class but that doesn't mean I want to. I have found I prefer a slower practice with time within poses so I can settle in and know I'm not going to move too quickly, potentially injuring myself. I'm currently not in the best shape so having time between poses makes it possible for me to practice without worrying I'll throw out my back.

My recommendation is if you haven't loved yoga in the past, give it another shot! Try a different style, find a new studio, check out a different class, or find a different teacher because yoga can be for every body and everybody. You just have to find what works for you.

The other thing I have learned is to make time for yoga. I have stressed about finding blocks of time to practice but I found that I can squeeze some yoga in first thing in the morning. Russell has a crazy habit of getting up between 5-5:30 most days while Kira tends to sleep until about 6-6:30. This gives me a good hour of time where I can fit in a practice while Russell plays games or watches videos on his tablet. The fun thing is Russell often will see what I'm doing and come over to do the poses with me. Sometimes he gets in the way and tries to down dog right under my down dog but honestly I've realized I'd rather he dabble in some yoga with me instead of having a completely serene uninterrupted practice. My hope is that as he gets older and sees me doing more yoga he can practice with me and hopefully learn to regulate his emotions and his health for the long term. Plus it's CUTE when he tries to figure out how to do stacked log or cobbler pose. I'll try to snap a pic one of these mornings if he'll let me. It's adorable!

How do you fit a yoga practice into your day? I know for some people it's as easy as prioritizing it and going but when you start adding things like work, a partner, kids, other life commitments it can get crazy. Oh to be back in the days when I thought I was busy! HA HA HA! Share your secrets for fitting in yoga or exercise in your life. 

2 comments:

  1. My husband and I go to a class once a week. I know I should practice more at home but I just don't! I need to. And Ali takes a yoga class once a week and school and LOVES it. We had Benjamin in for a while but it wasn't his jam. Hopefully he'll come around someday!

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    1. I love that you both take the time to go to a class. That's awesome! That's fun that Ali can take a class at school too. I wish all schools had options for yoga and mindfulness. Maybe Benjamin would like it better with a different teacher or different style. I've heard kids classes can range on how good they are depending on your kids. I should try that with Russell though. :)

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