Written by Emily Curtis for Parimukti
I live in a yoga class desert in Goa. There are lots of teacher training programs, but as far as I know, the closest public asana class is 40 minutes away, at 7am, twice per week.
Unfortunately for me, I find it difficult to maintain a personal daily asana practice. And yet. It is also one of the most rewarding things to do.
Whether I do it in the sand, or on my mat in the hall room, home practice is vastly different than class practice. One of the major differences is of course the communal aspect. Getting together with like-heart-minded people, while we get in touch with our selves, is something special. It feels like we must all be cheering each other on, in a silent film, Zen sort of way.
Even the act of commuting to a studio fills the communal piggy bank. Connecting with a teacher, the room, the mat in the room, and the mix of personalities and energies, all form an important ritual.
At home, my practice is like one long piece of chocolate that never ends! I almost always end up having a Yin practice in which I luxuriate at length in my postures. Taking deep time to lose time. In short, at home, for me, it’s all play. Even if I’m hanging out into a plank forever, it’s the sequencing and the durations that jive with my own personal needs.
Both complete me. Yoga is harmony.
Do you have a home practice? What are some of the things you do to keep it going? Do you watch videos, or do you let your inner teacher guide you?