Practicing Yoga Alone Is It Possible? 8 Tips to Be a Teacher
Anyone will tell you that it is very difficult to practice yoga by yourself . Not even those who can teach, though willing it to practice regularly at home. The obstacles are many: the commitments, the fact that at home maybe there is a place where no one protected disorders, can ring the telephone, and in general you can not carve out a “private moment” (as Virginia Woolf said the “room”).
To succeed you must first insert the yoga space inside the routine daily.
1. Create a Routine
Just as we always manage to find time to brush our teeth or preparing food, just as we do with yoga time . For this it is best that at this time is short, 10-15 minutes maximum: with time, if anything, we can increase it, but in the meantime we will not be frustrated at not finding an hour to practice staff.
Let’s start with a low profile, based dell’accontentarsi ( santosa , which incidentally is one of the signs – yama and niyama – the conduct of life proposed by Patanjali in his seminal text, the Yoga Sutras ).
2. Choose the place and the right time and stick with regularity
We choose a quiet place without distractions or strange odor, which is always the same. This will give stability and security to the practice. The regularity ( abhyasa ) is one of the guarantees of success: the best half-hour every day at the same hour to two hours each time .
The ideal would be to practice all ‘ open air , or at least in a ventilated room, for sure after changing the air. Without shoes, comfortable clothing with a new (ie different than usual, devoted to yoga) and on an empty stomach. We breathe through your nose, unless otherwise indicated, so there soffieremo your nose before you start, as we emptied bowels and bladder.
The best time is the morning, before breakfast, when the mind is quieter. Or in the evening, before dinner, and in this case, we will perform relaxation exercises first.
3. Select a sequence that suits you
We choose sequences that fit our body, all’esser man or woman, the time of day, the season, the mood of the moment.
Again it is best to start with low expectations and do not overdo it.
It would be nice now to be repeated every day at the same hour, in the same place, with the same kind of clothes, to create an expensive habit. We realize that each of us is different and because we have the privilege to create us a lesson just for us, let’s use it! If a position it finds it difficult, for now us choose another: we can go back on that after a while ‘days of practice.
4. Focus on the present and not be afraid!
If you were to emerge practicing emotions (fear, anger, joy) do not panic and continue.
The free yoga, through the movements of the positions, emotions stored in the physical body: everything is normal, breathe. Try to stay in the present moment: think after work waiting for you , to accompany the children to school, household chores … right now time is everything for you , and it is the present.
Try not to think that would be different from the way you are, with the body more flexible, with more deep breath, and as you were when you were younger … including the present moment you can progress.
5. Be consistent: with discipline comes the self-confidence.
The lack of discipline and self-confidence may represent obstacles. The first is resolved by inserting the practice in a routine everyday, as we have said. Self-confidence will be … practicing the discipline of charge!
If we started from a possible point for us, without overdoing it, without thinking to make every day an hour of practice, without being reckless ambitions, it will be harder to be disappointed. Let us remember that expectations are the mothers of all disappointments .
6. Take a cue from the courses you attended.
You can choose from several positions lessons that frequent (if infrequent), the ones that you like or that you remember better. You can also ask the teacher to let you write a sequence that you particularly liked – to my many students lessons, at the exit, take a sheet of paper and write the names of the positions, then they go home and they repeat some.
More generally, to create a lesson, you can follow a pattern in 5 stages:
Heat / prepare
Heart of the lesson (one position)
Compensation (another location)
Final relaxation, pranayama / meditation
7. Make yoga a lifestyle.
It is desirable that the practice is not necessarily just “on the mat”, but to become part of our lives : we will be able to practice so consciously breathe while we wait stop at traffic lights; we stand with your back in a certain way while waiting in line at the post office; we will know how to improve balance while traveling on a bus or in the best way to keep your arms on the handlebars while pedaling.
One thing I often do is the recitation of a mantra: “I relax my shoulders.” You have no idea how many times we keep the stiff shoulders unnecessarily! I’m washing the dishes? And because I have your shoulders over your ears? I am writing on the computer, like at the moment, and I want her back on? Instead: Down with the elbows, shoulders open and Down. I also write better!
By listening – first rule of yoga – with patience, with repetition, with non-violence, slowly seemingly only bodily behaviors will become the rule, I will always know which muscles actually use and which to relax, for a more equitable distribution energy, without wasting it and sending it where it is needed.
8. Make a book your “mat-mate.”
You can depend on good books, manuals and valid prepackaged sequences that seem appropriate: you will be very useful.
However, the practice will tell you a lot more than a thousand courses and a thousand books. Stay with you, practice, listen, observe, remember, practice, practice, practice … and see!
If you are using a book, do not forget to read the warnings General , before venturing into positions that you have attracted visually!