Anyone who has discovered how wonderful they feel after a yoga class inevitably comes to the question:
How do I create a home practice?
Do I need to recreate what I’ve done in class?
How do I remember what I’ve done in class?
What if I get a pose wrong?
How can I practice without the guiding instructions of my teacher?
There are a lot of differing views on this very dilemma that all yogis and yoginis come to. My opinion is this:
Quality not quantity is the important thing here. It’s not about how long you practice. Rather it’s about the regularity of your practice. So whether you have 5 minutes or 2 hours to practice in, it’s not important. Simply continuing to come back to your practice is.
So, with this in mind, start simple. Practice poses you know well, yes, even if that is only Savasana! As your discipline of a home practice grows, so will your enthusiasm. There are plenty of books, dvds, youtube videos and podcasts out there to give you ideas or a structure if that is what you want.
A home practice is really about you. It’s the ultimate yoga, you listening to your body and doing whatever your body wants for however long. By creating and maintaining a home practice, you’ll always have that post yoga bliss at your fingertips and your enjoyment of class will grow. Use your home practice as an opportunity to explore and your class practice to ask your teacher questions that have come up on your mat. The best of both worlds!
So, try it! Start simple and let it grow!