How to do Yoga everyday. May 10, 2016 13:39
I try to do yoga everyday, and I usually succeed. I can't get to class everyday and I don't feel experienced and/or knowledgeable enough to set my own practice all the time.
I have my favourite poses that I do quite well and am happy to repeat over and over again. (No not Svavasana, it takes an effort to stay on the floor at home and not jump up and get on with the day).
And there are other poses that I try to avoid, because they are too 'hard'. So it is pretty easy to get stuck in a bit of a rut.
My solution to be able to practice yoga (nearly) everyday is to stream yoga instruction videos from YouTube to my television screen. I know nothing beats having a good yoga teacher right there and present, but this way I can extend my practice at any time of the day or night and leaves no room for excuses.
There is a plethora of yoga videos out there, with good teachers, excellent teachers and some not so good teachers. It is a matter of trial and error, and finding what works for you. But if you find a good teacher who talks about the sensations you are meant to feel in your body while doing the poses, gives clear instructions so you can correct yourself, does not go too fast (or too slow), has a pleasant enough voice, it can be a matter of picking and choosing a workout specifically targeting shoulders, hip openers, detoxing, sleeping better or whatever you feel you need
Having always felt that every yoga teacher you have, has something different to teach you, that world expands enormously this way. I do feel though that this is not for the beginner, you do need some practice and experience to follow instructions via the small screen. Without proper instruction from a good teacher it is easy to develop bad habits and wrong ways of executing poses and stretches.
But at the moment this works for me, on the days I can't get to a class I work my way trough the YouTube videos and choose the yoga workout I need, whether at 5 in the morning or at 11 at night without leaving my home.
I just have to work on Svavasana at home, normally I look forward to that, it is my reward for finishing the class, but it seems that I really do need a teacher there to tell me that...
This is a (for me) great video from YogaYak.com to loosen the shoulders and neck, makes me feel great afterwards.