Unfortunately, I will not be here  to teach tomorrow evening but this could be a great opportunity for a great home practice and here are some ideas to get you started.

The biggest hurdle is rolling out your yoga mat but believe me, your body and mind will thank you for it

 

 

home practice

1) Sit in a comfortable cross legged position – close your eyes and start to notice, without judgement, how you are feeling this evening.  Allow yourself several breaths just to ground and let go of the day.

2) Think about what is really going to serve you this evening.  Are you needing energy, are you needing to stretch out your body or is your mind full of the day that’s been and you just need to quieten down all of that mental chatter that’s floating around your head right now?

3) Based on the above – set an intention for your practice – what do you really want to get out of your practice?  Adopt a breath that reflects that intention eg: nourishing, energising, calming.

4) Offer up this intention by chanting in with 3 x OM

5) Start with some simple warm ups such as cat, cow, linking the movement with the breath.

6) Go with the flow – tuning into ujjayi breathing flow through several rounds each of Surya Namaskar A and B

http://www.yogajournal.com/sunsalute and http://www.yogajournal.com/video/269

7) Go where the mood takes you, perhaps the above is enough or maybe you want to add in standing balances, twists or forward folds

8) Ground down – take it down to the mat for your final poses – try poses such as seated forward fold – paschimottanasana  http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/477 and a reclining supine twist http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/1382

9) Let go – savasana – allow the body and mind to come into complete relaxation for at least 5 minutes – don’t be tempted to skip this bit as this is where the magic happens!

10) Come back to sit – come back to your intention and bow down to yourself as you chant out with 3 OM to seal your practice.

Have fun with it, be creative, put on your favourite tunes as you flow, create a space for your practice, perhaps light some candles or burn some essential oils, let go of attaching to the idea of perfecting each pose, move mindfully and enjoy the process of the journey!

For some music – you can follow me on Spotify or else look out for the likes of  the Angel’s Prayer track on the album, Invocation.

Namaste my fellow yogis….  See you next week.