I’ve attended a few classes lately where the idea of starting a home practice has been discussed. A couple of my fellow classmates mentioned it was something they’d like to do, but have a hard time mustering up the motivation to self-train for sixty or ninety minutes to match a typical studio class. There’s a pervasive thought in the fitness world that unless a workout period can go some minimum amount of time, it’s not much worth the bother to do anything at all. If you’re going to travel 20 minutes each way somewhere to work out 10 minutes, I might agree with that statement; but when it comes to practicing yoga at home, I’ll argue that any amount is worth the effort. One of the first activities we all do upon waking up from a deep sleep is to launch into a full body stretch. Whether yours resembles full-blown Vasisthasana or not, all the elements of a very short yoga practice are present in that moment: conscious body awareness, a big deep breathe and a surge of energy throughout the body. That rise-n-shine posture takes only a few seconds and we all know how wonderful that feels. Commitment to do something more can start with that. By recognizing there’s benefit to just that teeny bit of ‘practice’, it might be easier to lay down the mat later in the day for whatever time is available - even if it’s just a few minutes.
Your experiences with building a personal yoga practice would be much appreciated. Extra points for sharing pictures of your dedicated workout space if you have one!