How to establish and create space for a home practice

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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.