I feel so very virtuous! I practiced yoga all by myself at home for 45 minutes and it didn’t feel like a chore, weird, lonely or anything else negative. I also didn’t feel awkward or fumble around for what to do next (all of which has happened in the past).
This is a huge deal for me because I’ve been so spoiled by finding such amazing teachers in Sacramento. It’s All Yoga has an embarrassment of riches in this way and by working the front desk, I get all the free yoga I can do.
But let’s be honest, sometimes classes don’t fit into your schedule or you just can’t be bothered to get all the way dressed or your hair just isn’t public ready and so you’ve got to do your own practice at home. Believe me, I know it sounds crazy and like a big hassle. And honestly when others do such a great job teaching why should I do it for myself?
Check out my post on starting a home practice to see my reasoning.
All that being said, not everyone knows where to start a home practice. Since I totally have been resisting doing one even though it was a requirement in my yoga teacher training, I figure I should share what is making it possible for me.
1. I’ve got some sequences written just for me by my yoga study buddy Erin. She rocks and is one of the people teaching free Fridays at 4:30 at It’s All Yoga, so if you are lucky enough to go when she’s teaching, she’ll love you up too. I’ll share her magic sequence from today.
2. I have a yoga mat that is so squishy and sticky and yummy it begs me to use it. Long story short, I’ve been test driving a Jade Harmony Professional mat over the last few months at the studio. The company is on Facebook and Twitter and they like to give stuff away. Jade sent me a teacher demo blemished mat in Sedona Red (and I was supposed to give it to my husband but,) I love its blemish. In fact, I think it’s little hiccup stripe makes it even more beautiful.
PS – I love social media and have won so much stuff on Facebook and Twitter that now I think of it as the magic universe.
Here’s the lovely sequence from Erin. Yes, we were talking menu metaphors when we were writing these =)
Start in CR (constructive rest) with lazy belly breaths, landing, arriving
Knees to chest arms out to a ‘t’ – lower knees to either side and bringing them back in with strong belly exhalation (3-5 times each side)
Back to CR, breathe
Opposite arm/leg extensions using breath (from Mary Paffard Belly Work Article)
*exhale as you extend right leg and left arm out straight, inhale extended, and exhale to bring the limbs back to CR (3-5 for each side)
Roll spine to come to Uttanasana
reverse swan dive up
exhale hands to heart
full breath cycle @ heart
inhale arms sweep back up, baby backbend
inhale flat back
step back into playful, squirmy Adho Mukha Svanasana
When you’re ready, right leg lunge
Virabhadrasana I and hold for some breaths (belly belly belly)
Clasp hands or strap behind back (shoulder opener)
Lower torso down to inside of thigh with arms clasped behind pointing toward ceiling
Hold for a couple breath cycles as comfy
Exhale upright, release arms and raise them back to Virabhadrasana I
(heart feel more open than first Virabhadrasana I?)
Flow: Plank, Chaturanga Dandasana, Cobra/up dog, Down Dog
Step to Uttanasana
REPEAT ENTRÉE on Left side
To Belly with limbs fully extended, raising opposite Arm/Leg with inhales, releasing with exhales (4-5 times each side) *Similar to how we started except on the belly.
Come onto back, knees to chest, gentle rolls
Figure 4 stretch w/ right leg on top
Figure 4 with twist (sole of right foot to floor on left side, looking right)
Repeat on Left and anything else you need/feel like doing before Savasana
Savasana (10 mins)