Patanjali defines Yoga as the controlling or cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. One way of achieving this is through a consistent and dedicated practice - Abhyasa. By stilling the mind, we realise that we are not our thoughts, we stay calm, focused, face challenges with courage and compaassion and experience life from a state of presence.
How to establish a daily practice:
- Pick your favourite time of the day and dedicate a few moments to yourself, even if it's just 5 minutes.
- Start slowly by practicing a few poses you enjoy mostly or a sequence you recently practiced in class.
- Finish the practice with a few moments in meditation and savasana (relaxation pose).
Create space to practice:
- Pick your favourite space in your home, preferably a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed.
- Remove any existing objects from that space and anything else you no longer need.
- Create a focal point for your practice or an altar filled with your favourite objects such as a picture or simply some flowers. This focal point will act as a daily reminder and will invite you to roll out your mat.