Get Back to Basics with a Home Practice
My home practice was the absolute world to me for years. I’d do a few sun salutations, a couple flows on each side to prepare me for an advanced peak posture I was working towards, stretch, meditate, and rest. For a while I practiced the Ashtanga Primary Series one day and then my Vinyasa practice another day. I’d only take studio classes about twice a week due to budgeting reasons. My home practice is a huge foundation for me. I did not play music, I was alone, and distractions were minimal to nonexistent. It was just my mat. I lived for going home and doing my practice and I loved it.
Over the past year due to many circumstances (excuses) my home practice has been lacking–let’s just say since December of 2014, it just hasn’t happened. I’ve only practiced at studios. Excuses ranging from raising a puppy, home renovations, the studio is right next to work, I want to be physically assisted while I practice, I want to see people and utilize their energy for my practice, I want to hear music, I don’t want to know what’s coming next, and I don’t want to be alone. Every excuse you could think of, I’ve used to avoid my home practice. If you had told me that I would take this kind of home practice hiatus 4 years ago, I would’ve laughed. It was my routine just like brushing my teeth.
Phases with our practice happen. Just like phases in all our relationships happen. I’m well aware that I need to go back to basics because that is the practice. I’ve avoided my home practice for so long that it almost makes me nervous to go back. Will I miss being physically assisted? Will I enjoy being alone or crave being social?
Developing a consistent home practice can help you learn more about yourself and delve deeper into your overall practice. Do you (or did you) have a home practice? What do you do to push yourself back to your home practice? Grab this free Restorative Yoga ebook for some ideas to get started at home.