Yogi Amrit Desai says that 'taking a yoga class once per week is very good for you. Practicing at home every day is 10X better'. I think it is 100X better.
I have evaluated how I feel when I don’t do a regular daily practice and compared that to when I do a regular daily yoga practice (10-30 minutes). Here is what I found.
When I practice regularly,
-I have little or no pain in my body.
-I have ease of movement.
-My emotions stay within a range that does not include extremes.
-I feel at peace, most of the time
When I DON’T practice yoga regularly,
-the pain returns – in various, ever changing places.
-I feel stiff.
-don’t get me started on the drivers in Massachusetts.
-that feeling of peace dissipates to happening only occasionally.
My recommendation: start practicing at home every day. We can all find 15 minutes to step on the mat and do 3 poses. For me, I start with this intention and usually end up practicing a little longer. Always do at least 1-5 minute relaxation at the end. I cannot emphasize this enough: breathe, breathe, breathe. Full yogic breaths throughout your practice., even if that is all you do.
Regular students have received your homework for the next 3-4 weeks until September classes start again. This is a good time to establish a practice that you can carry with you for the rest of your life.
Each one of you may think a different thing about what I am teaching in our yoga classes, but here is what I want most for you all – a home practice. Then you will have yoga anytime you want!!!
See you in September!