Creating a Home Yoga Practice

ON August 20, 2014

by Naushon Kabat-Zinn

Do you find it challenging to practice yoga and meditation regularly at home? Join the club!

There are many distractions at home, and so we often just don’t do it. With cell phones beeping at us, children or pets asking for attention, dirty floors that glare at you in downward dog, the list of possible things we can be doing besides yoga is endless! The fact is, once we commit, it can be such a beautiful thing to practice more consistently and be able to listen really to what your body needs. Even for just ten minutes a day. The key is to create a habit and stick with it.

If you feel that a home practice is a luxury, think about it this way: home practice is about listening to your body and catering to your individualized needs, exploring whatever it is that you want to work on for that day.

Going to a yoga class is valuable when you want to check-in on your alignment, learn new poses, or dive deeper with the assistance of an experienced teacher. Classes can provide an encouraging environment where you feel like you can go further and adventure in your practice.

That said, often we are so focused on keeping up with the class or advancing our practice that we start to lose touch with our breath and the ability to tune into our deep inner voice. A home practice opens up a world of creativity and freedom that becomes completely personal and intimate.

Taking your practice home allows you to keep the spontaneity of deciding what you want to work on rather than having to follow the flow of the class. It could be a practice geared toward relieving headaches, or a practice of preparing for handstands, or just a quick wake up and get energized flow to help you start your day right.

Practicing at home can bring more of a sense of balance and clarity and joy to our everyday lives.

So how to get started? Join Naushon Sunday August 24th for a fun and playful exploration of what Home Practice can look like and how we can work through the challenges and move towards a beautiful and rewarding process of getting on our mats at home or when we are traveling.


Naushon_Kabat-ZinnNaushon has been a student of yoga since she was a little girl. Her challenging, yet compassionate Power Vinyasa classes are a wonderful way to cultivate strength, serenity, flexibility and balance. Inspired by her studies with Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, Baba Hari Dass, and the teachings of Vispassana (Insight) Meditation, Naushon’s all levels classes emphasize the linking of movement with breath, cultivating our ability to be more fully present and awake in our lives, and navigate the challenges that arise with more grace and kindness.

Check our schedule for Naushon’s class schedule.

 

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