Just a sec, I need to shower, check my email, make a coffee, clean the kitchen, do the laundry, write this blog post… Yep, the gotta-do-NOW list becomes infinite when I think I should get down to my yoga practice at home.
Oh, I know it’s possible. Others do it. I assume most yoga teachers have a kick-ass home practice. The unique and detailed cues I hear from my teachers could only come from eureka moments on their own mats. I love that. I long for that.
There are a few reasons why I tell myself I haven’t spent a lot of time being my own yoga teacher:
1) Trained yoga teachers have more experience then me in crafting a beautiful practice. Why mess with a good thing?
2) I’m self doubting. If I show up to a class I know I will have no choice but to give myself over to my teacher and will likely be guided into utter bliss. I might not be quite so clever on my own.
3) I don’t have to make it up. My teacher will have it covered so I can turn my brain off. Right or wrong, there is something beautiful about moving with very little thought to what comes next.
4) My kula is awesome. I love seeing my teachers and my community face to face. Can’t miss that!
Despite this, deep down I know I’m missing out. I often get to the point in my yoga practice where I hit a roadblock and I either need a live-in yoga teacher or time working on my own to get past it. I’m standing at that road sign again now and lets be realistic, I can’t afford a live-in. There has got to be room for my kula AND my own personal work.
So, what’s stopping me? Why is it that I can walk fifteen minutes to my yoga studio but can’t take the ten seconds it takes to walk upstairs to my mat?
Let’s face it, Life Is Distracting.
As Julie Peters sometimes says in her classes “do nothing. There is nothing to do.” I love that. I need reassurance to know that the distraction of life can wait. It is why I go to class. It’s also what I need to feel at home, even in the chaos.
I guess the reason I’m writing this is I’m looking for suggestions on how to avoid the distraction of life and instead, develop a consistent home practice. Is it will power? Is it pre-planning? Is it a standard sequence? I’m calling all you home practice yogis. How does your home practice look? I need my kula to help sort this girl out. I am ready to learn.