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February 5, 2015

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Yoga Practice – How to be regular on the mat?

When you are in an intensive Yoga Teacher Training working on and working every day for a month, you will explore a lot of things with regards to Yoga.

Starting from the alignment of the postures, adjustments, teaching techniques, how to sequence a Yoga Class, Yoga Philosophy and of course, some chanting of Asanas and Mantras.

Read: History of Patanjali – Do you know this?

You feel alive, happy, and seems like you can do a lot more than you thought you could.

Beautiful. Yet, once you are back home and start your job or even start teaching Yoga, the real world expects you to do a lot more things apart from teaching and practising Yoga.

If you are working in front of computers, you feel just to get up and practice but you can’t. Even if you take a Yoga Teacher’s job assuming that life will be all about teaching and practising Yoga, it might not be the same.

Most of the Yoga teachers and practitioners have been facing often this hurdle on how to keep our Yoga practice regular.

The students would think that you can do a lot of postures, be super fit, and have a regular practice.

But in the reality, you might have been juggling and trying to find the right balance of teaching and practising.

Evolution of Asana Practice

This was also a question of a few students from the Samyak Yoga Family and here are the key things you might like to implement in your practice.

1. Get up early in the morning

This is the Golden Key. There is no other alternative. Once you get into the daily life of the day, it will be a hard job to come back on the mat and practice. this is applicable even for Yoga teachers.

You might have to take classes after classes or sometimes you will have some meetings or other things to do in the evenings. Make sure that you get up early in the morning.

2. Stick to the same practice time, no matter what

I know it’s easy to say and hard to do. But stick yourself to a time early in the morning and make sure that you won’t compromise anything for that time.

Treat that time as a gift to yourself that can’t be taken by anyone for anything.

A specific time for the practice every day has the ability to bring a lot into the practice on and off the mat in life.

Read: Five Practical lessons from the Yoga Mat

3. Prepare the practice sequence of the month

If you have been an Ashtanga Yoga practitioner, you can keep the Ashtanga Primary Series practice for six days or Five days while focusing Sunday for Sun-Salutations!

But you can also keep three days of Ashtanga Primary Series, two days for other postures (preparation for the Primary Series Practice, such as Back-bends, Balancing, and Hip-opening) while Sunday can be dedicated for Sun-Salutations.

As usual, Saturday can be treated as Meditation day!

If you are a Hatha Yoga practitioner, you can create a sequence of the month. Make sure that you have a good set of easy, intermediate, and advanced poses. This sequence, in general, can be a foundation for next month’s sequence too.

You can also make two sequences that you will practice every three-four times a week.

The same can be applied to Pranayama and Meditation. Keep a diary of your practice and try to put the progress into words. I know all these needs again more time to work on, but that’s how life is.

4. Take classes from other teachers

Go to the nearest Yoga studios to take classes from other teachers. It gives an opportunity to understand and progress in teaching and can also make you humble.

It helps you as a teacher and as a practitioner too. You can also take the classes from other teachers in the same studio in which you work as a Yoga Teacher.

5. Invite practitioners for self-practice together

Once in a while, invite your students, or teachers, practitioners for the self-practice. It can also be the Mysore style of Ashtanga practice or a set of postures crafted by each one of you.

All can sit together to prepare a class module and practice together like a Mysore style. It brings more creativity into the class sequencing and you will be able to get more inspiration, practice at the same time.

Regular Practice can definitely do wonders. Be patient and work every day no matter what.

Read: Sthiram and Sukham – Phases of Yoga Practice

7 Comments

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  2. Samyak Yoga

    Thank you for your comment. I really appreciate

  3. Sophie

    Your way of telling the whole thing in this post is genuinely, all
    can effortlessly understand it, Thanks a lot.

  4. samyakyoga

    Thank you Marco for kind words. These words inspire us a lot to keep our commitment towards sharing this wisdom of life… Keep practicing and keep inspiring with your kind words… Grateful to have this beautiful Samyak Family.

  5. samyakyoga

    Thank you Pam for those inspiring words. Yes! there is no other alternative as such for the practice. Just get up every early morning and take the mat for practice. Thank you for your time, beautiful words and inspiring practice…

  6. Marco Amarante

    A big thank you to Samyak Yoga Family for continuously being a well of inspiration and encouragement, even from far away. I feel your energy I hope our paths will cross soon again. Peace.
    Marco

  7. Pam Hoelzle

    Since I’ve been back from the teacher training in Bali I’ve practiced every day since landing. Tomorrow will be 98 days of practice. I’ve varied my workouts and I’ve found the key for me is committing early, early morning. Most mornings I have to get up between 3:30 am and 5 am to get my practice in, get to my writing commitment to get to my work on time. I love the poet Mark Nepo’s quote, ” Sacrifice is giving up with reverence and compassion what no longer works in order to stay close to what is sacred.” My practice is sacred to me, it helps me to connect daily to the Divine and grounds me helping me to be here now, presently. When I left Bali I couldn’t sit in lotus and was unable to do a good 1/6th of the primary series. Because of daily practice I’m now enjoying sitting in lotus and watching my breath become the vital element not only when I’m on the mat, but more importantly when I’m off the mat. Based on my small experiment of the last 98 day’s I’d agree- commit and then schedule it before anything else to guarantee you get it in. Thank you so much for blessing me with what is sacred….
    Pam

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