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.