People come to yoga for a variety of reasons.
Some people plan for a short-term overhaul, some are looking for a long term commitment. If you find yourself in the second category then this article is for you!
What is-self practice?
A not-so-popular term among most yoga communities, self-practice is exactly what it states. It looks like an individual, guiding themselves through their very own yoga practice. This means without a teacher instructing each and every step or online videos prompting routine actions. Or, for Ashtanga practitioners, a practice led by the self, under the careful eye of an Ashtanga instructor - supporting and guiding them along the way but without step-by-step instructions.
If the idea is scary or intimidating or confusing, you are not alone! Many are turned off by it. There’s something easier about showing up to class and simply being told what to do.
There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with led classes. They have their own perks, indeed. But if one is interested in maintaining a regular yoga practice and led classes are the only method by which they follow, they are missing out on a lot.
Why is a self-practice important?
When we are always relying on the outside voice and instruction of a teacher, is it possible to really tune in and see what’s happening with the body and mind on a daily basis?
It means going from being reliant on a studio’s schedule to the individual creating their own schedule. Determining their own practice, when and where it takes place and what that looks like. When this happens, the individual invites independence and discipline into their yoga practice which can take the experience to a completely different level. Not to mention the long-term sustainability that comes with it.
How to make a self-practice happen?
If you have the drive and desire to maintain consistency in your yoga practice, we encourage you to take this leap and delve into self-practice.
Depending on your preferred style of yoga, we recommend reaching out to a trusted teacher within that style for advice. Find a teacher who is willing to help you set up a regular routine for you to follow at home. When you have questions along the way, this is the person you will go to. Ashtanga makes the process straightforward because the method lays it out for you. For others, additional support might be required.
No matter what style or school of yoga you prefer, self-practice adds so much to an individual’s yoga world. Aside from the points mentioned above, imagine being able to wake up in the morning and do yoga right in the comfort of your own home – or a friend’s homes, on the road, anywhere you can imagine. The possibilities become endless and you, yourself, get to make the call.
Are you in?