Beginning Your Home Yoga Practice
My home practice has allowed me the time and space to explore embodied insight in my practice and my life. It is simple and nourishing.
Each time I practice, I ask myself: "What is my body asking of me, and how might I offer myself this during my practice?"
I am excited to offer you simple and accessible yoga sequences to help you begin a home practice. Please approach your home practice with curiosity and generosity. Allow yourself the time and space to explore what feels right and to skip over or come back to things that don't feel right. Feel free to email me with questions and requests, and I will take them into account for future sequences and offerings.
A home practice is very different from a group yoga class. You will probably move slower and take "detours" as your body asks you to move and breathe in unique ways each day. Listen to your breath and allow it to guide you. If your breath become shallow, short, or ragged, slow down. If your breath remains calm, smooth, and long, explore with respect and curiosity.
I suggest that you set aside space in your home for your practice. If you are able to, dedicate a small corner of a quiet room to your mat and props and have them ready to use. If you have to go through an elaborate process of tracking things down and setting up, you will find more excuses not to practice.
Try and practice at the same time each day. Either when you first wake up, right after work, or right before bed. By having a consistent time and space for your practice, you will start to create a ritual and it will help you maintain consistency over the long-term.
Keep in mind the time of day as you select the type of practice. I recommend an energizing and activating practice in the morning and a slow and nourishing practice right before bed. If you practice right after work, take into account the activity and stress level of your day and choose a pace and sequence that helps you find ease and balance. Some days you may need it to be more active, and other days you may need it to be more restorative.
For more recommendations on beginning a home practice, please read "Home Practice: Tips for Beginning" on my blog.
Home Practice Introductory Sequences
These first yoga practice videos are designed to be a simple introduction. They offer a general movement sequences of 25-30 minutes (please leave time to do a 10 minute savasana afterwards). I look forward to creating longer and more specific sequences that reflect the themes you will encounter in my public classes, but I am learning a lot about this technology and I am finding that everything takes so long to do! (Due to mic issues and camera challenges, plus just the process of experimenting with where to put the camera, these 20 minute videos took my almost 4 hours each to film. That doesn't include the editing time! I'm hoping it will get easier and faster over time, but for now I am pretty slow at doing all this.)
Thanks for your encouragement and support of this project. I expect it to change a lot as we go along, and I look forward to learning about what works for you and what you would like to see more of. I am hoping to offer sequences more like our classroom exploration of themes and actions in the body through SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) and asana sequences, but in the meantime I am learning how to teach without students in the room (It's so different!).
Thank you for exploring these early offerings with openness and love.
Rise & Shine: Sun Salutations & Standing Poses
A simple sequence perfect for beginning your day or winding down after work. Warm up with mindful sun salutes and explore foundational standing poses to activate and build your foundation with strength and ease. Props Needed: A blanket and a block or two.
Soak & Settle: A Nourishing Practice
A restorative sequence for times where you need to move slow with support. Designed to nourish and offer rest when the body and/or mind are under stress and need an opportunity to pause. Perfect right before bed or as a warm up to the standing pose sequence above. Props Needed: A blanket.
Submit Requests, Ideas, & Feedback
I want to know what your interests are and how we can support each other in practice. Please send me an email and I will try to incorporate your request in my newofferings.