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12 Simple Steps
- Start slowly. Even 5 minutes every day is better than 90 minutes once a week. Gradually build up to a longer practice.
- Be disciplined but not too rigid: Stick to a routine of time and place and keep your space “sacred” – however, be prepared to be flexible in times of holidays, family visits, illness etc. Plan your week/month according to your commitments – be realistic
- Accept the rhythms of your body – there will be “good” days and “bad” days but always room for learning
- Use recommended books that inspire you – ask your teacher. Explore the vast subject of yoga and don’t be afraid to dip in to the philosophy side too – that can often help you to develop a more fully rounded practice.
- If in doubt, stick to what you know – but be playful too! If you lack inspiration or ideas, use the practice plans at the end of this handout or from yoga books.
- Use the right equipment in the correct way – if in doubt, ask a teacher or email me.
- Write down things you can remember from classes or workshops – try new things whilst still fresh in your mind.
- Be intuitive, compassionate & attentive – listen to your body and don’t forget to breath!
- Don’t push to your limits when you are ill/recovering/menstruating. On the other hand, challenge yourself to explore into your limitations but stay safe
- Practice with other yoga friends and share experiences – inspire each other.
- Tell your family what you are doing so as to have space & support to practice.
- Never miss out on Savasana (relaxation pose) – save time and space for that and rest well.
- And one for luck: Use technology – video and audio materials are now easier to find and the website yogaselection.com is a fantastic resource for all levels
“That’s exactly how it is in yoga. The places where you have the most resistance are actually the places that are going to be the areas of the greatest liberation.” Rodney Yee