Monday, July 30, 2007

My Yoga Sanctuary

I have often heard it said that people find it difficult to practice yoga at home. I had practiced for 2 years in classes ranging from 5 to 35 people with several teachers. During that time I learned a lot about different styles of yoga from my many teachers. But something was missing that I couldn’t put my finger on....until I started practicing at home.

Since I have created a yoga sanctuary in my home; a sacred place for just myself and a few favorite things; my yoga practice has taken on a whole new life.

Yoga is so much more than the asanas (the poses). And through being alone with myself in the stillness that surrounds me, I find focus. Without distraction I hear each breath, I feel each stretch and I concentrate on deepening each pose, and playing with my edge.

Observing my body and breath in the silence of my asana practice turns my focus inward. So that when I finish the asanas I find it natural to move right into meditation and breath work , which sets the pace for mindful living all day long. My practice has expanded beyond the physical asanas and has become a never ending spiritual journey of self discovery.

Also, at home, with the great DVD’s that are available, I can practice with the best of the best yoga teachers (my favorites being Bryan Kest, Baron Baptiste and Shiva Rea).

But mostly what I have learned is that I am my own best teacher. Reaching deep into the heart and soul of yoga I find myself.

Gypsy Girl


GlamSpirit said...

Your yoga sanctuary looks Wonderful!! What a great place to dive inwards and connect with your divine self.

Gypsy Girl said...

Thanks Glamspirit! It helps me start my day off in a good frame of mind without leaving the comforts of my own home.

Cupcakes & Yoga said...

Thank you for writing this, and very timely for me too. I think I'm going to mention it in my own blog. :)

Total Health Yoga - Kris said...

Cupcakes & Yoga are on the same page, again! I, too, have been inspired to write about home practice. Thank you for that. (BTW, perhaps some basil would be lovely in your sanctuary ;-))

Gypsy Girl said...

Hey, I am glad I inspired both of you...Do you think I must get some kind of Karmic points for that???
Or maybe you can put me on your blog roll.
Kris-thanks for the basil idea, think I'll add a pot of parsely too.

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