How often do you go to a class and enjoy the practice, but wish that you could have spent more time doing certain stretches or in specific poses? Poses that could be beneficial to you if you just had the opportunity? Maybe a home practice could be the answer.
For some of us, going into a studio and practising with others can be intimidating. Even when you do manage to find a studio and teacher that suit you, it might be that you can't make the times of the classes on offer.
It can sometimes feel more comfortable to practise in your own home. If that’s the case, you might even think about investing in some simple equipment. When you can focus on the things that are really important to you, with no pressure from anyone else to push you into postures that you don't really feel comfortable doing, the competitive edge is removed, you can enjoy it more and you can get more out of the time you spend.
An hour or hour-and-a-half class can be fine on some days, but on other days you might just not have enough time. But at home you can spend as little as 10 minutes. Better than nothing by a long way!
Practising by yourself does require a bit more self motivation, but there are a million YouTube videos you can follow, or you can even subscribe to more detailed, on-line studio classes.
Try to commit time in advance in your diary. I usually take a little time on a Sunday evening to plan my week ahead and I will diary some time for my practice, literally making a note. That way I am more likely to stick to my schedule.
Maybe you could invite a friend round to practise with you — more fun with two!
Even it’s just sitting quietly for five or ten minutes every morning and breathing deeply, clearing your mind and being still, you’ll very quickly start to feel the benefits!