Practice With Friends
The Buddy System
Yoga gives individual freedom of expression new meaning with each and every person that practices with an understanding of proper posture. All postures have a profound effect on the body when in alignment specific to ancient text. Some current modifications vary in minor differences but the basic form remains true. Down Dog is used in many sequences throughout yoga classes but this posture is perfect for home practice. We all love the feeling of lifting the hips and pushing back knowing that we are building strength in our hands, wrists and shoulders, stretching our spines, hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendon, decreasing tension and headaches by relaxing the head and neck and increasing full body circulation. There are so many postures that are ideal for home practice to make yoga a free flow experience unique to each person.
Developing a home practice can begin with a few favorite postures learned in class to ensure proper alignment which is an all important aspect. Proper alignment allows us to feel the benefits of posture practice immediately. When this practice is consistent, our bodies fall naturally into correct form during home practice. Sometimes, a posture may require modifications before full expression can be realized but this is where class practice becomes an integral part of home practice. Modifications, when practiced at home between classes, afford a greater range of motion and strength during class practice. In a very short time, improved health and vitality through yoga practice allows us a deeper understanding of self-care.
The best way to begin an enjoyable home practice is by coming to class with a friend. Friends encourage each other by simply being near. We benefit most from each other through experiencing positive avenues of discovery that promote us to be better people. Yoga is the perfect way to forge healthy, proactive and meaningful relationships, not only with whom we surround ourselves but with our very own unique selves.