I love practicing yoga in the comfort of my home!
This morning, as I was thumbing through the August 2017 edition of the Yoga Journal, I found the editor in chief's interview with yoga instructor Caley Alyssa about the importance of listening to your intuition on and off the yoga mat.
I was most struck though by Alyssa's response to the question, "What is the biggest lesson you've learned from practicing yoga?" She replied,
"Less is more. When you're doing something repetitively, you really can injure yourself. It's better for me to stay home and do 30 minutes of what my body needs than to go to a big public class and do what someone else is telling me to do when it doesn't feel good in my body that day."
I could not agree more! That is my philosophy as well - especially for the beginner! I have known a number of people who have suffered injuries in yoga class because they pushed themselves too far, before they were ready, just to keep up with a yoga instructor.
However, the beginner does need to get good instruction in yoga. I managed to find some excellent books that explained yoga poses step by step in comprehensive detail which enabled me to learn yoga on my own. And, I wrote my book, Yoga at Home: Gain Energy Flexibility, and Serenity in 20-30 Minutes a Day for the beginner for that same purpose.
However, I am NOT a yoga instructor so my advice here is to keep you motivated to practice at home and share some tips to help you keep your commitment. And to share resources that I come across to help you maximize your practice.
Last week, a long-time friend stayed with me for several days and she showed me the YouTube videos of a wonderful yoga instructor, Adriene, who was new to me. I have watched a few of her videos and I find Adriene to be down-to-earth, non-intimidating, charming, totally understanding of the challenges a beginner faces in learning yoga, and fun to watch. She is delightful and authentic!
By watching Adriene's yoga videos, you can create a beneficial, safe home yoga practice and do yoga at your own pace. And with your dog by your side!
Check her out below!
Yours for enjoying a wonderful yoga practice in the comfort of your home!
Laura Venecia Rodriguez, yoga at home coach