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What's Your Practice Like?

geekyMary2010-07-04 18:55:06 +0000 #1
Hey, everybody, here's something that might be fun to discuss. What's your practice like?

Where do you practice?

When? How often? For how long?

What style, or what's it like?

What's your favorite pose?

What do you struggle with?

For me:

I practice 3-4 times a week at home in my family room. It's usually in the morning, for about 20-30 minutes. Sometimes I follow a program from Yogadownload.com or Inhale (on TV) and sometimes I just do my own thing. Usually it's vinyasa flow, or if I've got time, I do most of the primary series.

I think my favorite pose is either Pigeon or good old Down Dog. They just feel good. I struggle with stamina and finding time to practice.

Your turn!


Timnatlanta2010-07-04 19:10:54 +0000 #2
What I have learned is that the more I practice the more I want to practice. Following link is to article about frequency of yoga practice and what you can expect -

How Often Should You Practice? Om Shanti: A Yoga Blog: yogaisforlovers.word...u-practice/#more-125
suryadaya2010-07-04 19:15:51 +0000 #3
Timatlanta - thank you for posting that link. I forgot all about that blog until you posted it - I love his stories.

Now -- my practice? I try to practice all day by being aware, conscious and kind in every moment. Asana? I do a few poses every day when I have a heavy schedule; when I don't - I practice for an hour every day of the week if I possible. If I only have time for a few - I behave in an Iyengar mindset. If I have 60 minutes free, I practice a home-made vinyasa flow. If I have all day - I can spend hours moving from one pose to the next. Thats my favorite. I sometimes practice on a mat, before a shower, outside, behind the locked door in the restroom at work...

My favorite pose is chakrasana. If used to be my 'unicorn' but one day, not even practicing asana (just laying on the floor with a book), I spontaneously and fluidly entered it with a peaceful mind.

My biggest struggle - getting over the fact that I can't have a perfect practice, perfect life and perfect mind. I make mistakes, I'm not as dedicated as I wish i was. Patience is a virtue. Asana? Any weight bearing poses on the wrists. This 70 hour a week desk job has beat them to death.
xela2010-07-04 20:05:11 +0000 #4
I practice five-six times a week for 1.5-2 hours at my studio in Boston. When I take a led class it's vinyasa flow and some teachers are very Forrest-esque. When I am in open practice I usually do primary series.

My favorite pose is always changing. Right now it's probably Visvamitrasana II.

Right now I'm struggling with my foot staying behind my head without the help of my hand!
Fin2010-07-04 19:12:43 +0000 #5
I practice at least once a day every day. My practice is solitary i.e. not in a class.

I also practice in the evening with my wife if she is willing and able.

To me not practicing my asanas is like leaving out an important part of the morning, so the only time it is skipped is when I am unwell.

If you have a cold or are unwell – do you skip?
xela2010-07-04 20:06:12 +0000 #6
When I'm not feeling well, I don't go to class. I usually just do some supine postures to keep my body open. No need to spread my sick germs!

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