Do you know your yoga? When you feel confident about the principles of asana, it's only natural that you will take some of your practice home. In the last post I wrote that yoga would be a more frequent guest in our lives if we were adaptable <gag>. It's still hard for me to say that word.
A keen eye and helping hand from an experienced teacher is critical in the early years of your practice and will ensure that you stay injury-free and reap what each asana sews. When your physical intelligence feels strong, try your practice at home.
If I've only got 15 minutes to practice, I want to breathe as mindfully as I can, and feel my whole body move fluidly. My focus is on softening as much as it is on tension and direction.
15 minutes. Think Flow, whole-body engagement, and serious Ujjay breath.
Here's what I practiced today.
2 x Surya Namaskar A – Sun Salutation
Surya Namaskar B (the 2nd Sun Salutation)
Parsvakonasana (known to some as the Arugh! pose)
Parsvakonasana B (twisted version of the one before)
Utthita Hasta Padangustasana (hand to big toe) series
Virabhadra (warrior) series
Bakasana (crane pose) or Titibhasana (firefly)
Baddha konasana (butterfly)
Savasana (Corpse Pose )
I don't stay in each asana as long as I would if I practiced a full series. One final word of advice: don't underestimate the power of drishti.
Do you have 15 minutes to fill your body with life-giving prana energy today?