Developing a home practice can be challenging. Usually, I have to feel the stars aligning in order to find the space (mental and physical) to practice at home. But I know it’s important so lately I have been doubling down my efforts to acknowledge my resistance and work through it.
One of my issues was the space, so I designated a yoga corner in the living room. This way, I don’t have to move furniture in order to practice. The corner is free and clear of clutter with a mat or two rolled up in the corner, an eye pillow, strap, and usually a few yoga books for reference.
Then I decided there was an overhead hanging lamp in the way of my sun salutations so my fiance removed it.
With the yoga corner decluttered and happy it was time to practice. But where to start? Sun Salutations seemed like the obvious answer. And then I realized I could do anything I wanted in this new liberated space. My personal class can be any length of time and take any sequence I choose. How fun.
I have decided to make it my yoga work zone. I am working on poses or transitions that I don’t really take the time to focus on in class because I am “flowing”. Right now, my focus is lifting from a standing forward bend into handstand (handstand pike press). I don’t have it yet, but will be sure to let you know when I do!
With the freedom to do anything we want, what do we do? I am trying to break free of the “what should I do” thinking and just do what I want. Who knew unleashing ourselves could be so challenging?
With a home practice, I think the key is just to get started. It doesn’t have to be right, or rigorous, or anything really. It could be a seated meditation. Decluttering helps to make the space ‘sacred’ and allow for mental and physical freedom.