These past days have been unlike anything I’ve experienced. Like all of you, I have been adjusting to a new reality.
Studios have been taking full precautions, doing extra cleaning, and keeping a safe distance between students. As a teacher, I’ve stopped giving adjustments and using props to reduce contact. Now, even this minimal interaction is going to stop.
It is crucially important, though, that we don’t lose the benefits of yoga practice — nor the feeling of community it brings. During these difficult, uncertain times yoga reinforces our physical body, supporting immunity, strengthening our lungs and helping maintain good digestion, flexibility, etc.
Yoga also calms the mind and helps us keep a positive perspective. Here are some guidelines to make the most of your home practice.
Create a home yoga space
Setting aside a space for yoga helps create a sense of ritual and signals to yourself that you are prioritising this practice. It doesn’t have to be big or fancy, just a place where you can set your mat and move comfortably. Drape some coloured fabric, or hang photos or a favourite picture to make it more inviting. Light candles or incense, or use a home-made essential oil spray for a pleasant ambiance.
Breath practice is vital — especially right now. If you do nothing else, at least do yoga breathing for a few minutes, a few times a day. Use the breathe to wake up and energise in the morning; reset during the day; and calm and refresh your body in the evening. Check out Healing with the breath for tips.
Doing sun salutations daily is a wonderful routine that will keep you grounded, focused, and support positive energy. Simply follow the sequence in the photos!
Yoga is a moving meditation. Expand your practice and go deeper by adding sitting meditation. It is essential that we keep a clear head and mindful attitude as we confront the coronavirus crisis so take the time to meditate and focus positive energy. Read these tips to get started.
Practice Karma Yoga
Karma yoga is the practice of transforming what you do into selfless service. Right now, our opportunities for physical interaction and support are limited, but we can still encourage and care for each other emotionally. Reach out — call if you can, instead of texting. It is important to listen to each other, to say ‘I love you’ and to remind your friends and loved ones how important they are to you.
Let’s stay connected and spread love! Tweet your home practice photos to @YogaWithPaul, share your story, or just say hi!