I used to say I didn’t have much of a home practice. At one point that was true, but not now. I prefer no mat so I feel freer to move where I want. My body wisdom is a great teacher and usually comes up with some fun, funky, feel-good flows. My breath seems to have more ease here, too. .
I’m not knocking public guided yoga classes - I love teaching them and still take them regularly. But dang is it sweet to drop words and voices and structure and just mooove. .
Home practice (loosely defined by my bestie @keith_golden): movement guided by your own mind, body, emotions or spirit.
When I was in yoga teacher training I injured my hamstring. I was crazy flexible and moderately strong and the disparity created injury. I took 8 weeks off of asana practice and instead took meditation, kundalini and restorative classes. My hammies haven’t been the same since, and up until yesterday I thought my standing split looked more like supported warrior 3. Photographic evidence of progress is fun sometimes. Plus, my equally strong and flexible dude in bird of paradise variation after an unexpected teaching opp at @yogaworks_baltimore
In addition to building a body that’ll still be mobile and happy when I’m 80, transitions are what keep my eyes wide. When I feel controlled, strong and smooooth in my transitions - and when I see students finding that in their bodies - it amps me up. Fancy poses are fun, but slow, intentional, purposeful movement is sexier (to me). It comes with the added bonus of body connection: intentional movement heightens my body awareness, helps me avoid injury (which I’ve experienced more than my fair share of due to unbalanced movement), and lets my meditation practice live in my mind *and* my body.
An open, aware, intentional mind that’s attuned to the body. *That* is the real sexy.