To build up a self-practice at home seems to be a very tough attempt for most yoga practitioners. How come?
In my own experience, it used to be a challenge to get out of bad early in the morning and practice at my place though it was not an issue to jump and run to the yoga studio for my own practice… And than, since my last journey to India to study Ashtanga yoga at KPJAYI in Mysore, i.e. 4 months ago, I’ve got much better in alternating a home practice with a studio practice. What’s changed? Several subtle things! And that’s what I learned out of it:
1/ start building a home practice soon after you’ve gone through an intensive workshop, retreat, and so on. Those build momentum, than it’s much easier for you to keep it going;
2/ keep the rhythm, don’t stop! Once you start practicing at home, make it a routine… at least at the very beginning. It’s always tougher to start it again and if you build a history of interruptions that will make difficult for you in the following to pick the self-practice up again;
3/ celebrate what you have achieved in the self-practice! Your home practice at the beginning won’t be so ripe as your own practice at your usual yoga studio, this is a matter-of-fact… it will take some time to zero out the difference. In the meantime, focus on what you’re building instead of what you’re lacking;
4/ convince a friend / partner to practice with you! It will be a great support, particularly at the beginning;
5/ get the choosen place ready for your practice. Clean it, burn incense in advance if you like, put a Ganesha or Buddha or whichever statue or picture you feel empathy with… briefly, make the place sacred and plenty of positive energy;
6/ define before starting up to which posture you will practice… and when the mind will come and tell you that maybe you can skip a few asanas that day, just smile and keep going;
7/ finally, keep going to a yoga studio whenever you can or whenever you feel like it, especially if you’re going through a tough time. The energy of the kula will support you and a proper teacher will help you deepening your practice.