Start a Home Yoga Practice Today

If you're among the people that are less than thrilled about yoga, that's perfectly understandable. But, I have to say this... you're missing out many things. Yoga has many physical and mental benefits. No doubt about it.

I give support, confidence and hope to anyone who wants to practice yoga, especially Ashtanga yoga. The final goal of our practice is spiritual awakening. Is there some purpose of yoga other than to awaken us from delusion of daily life? Lets never forget that.

Want to have more courage in life? Do Ashtanga yoga with set and strict rules. Get on your yoga mat, start paying attention to what your body really needs.

Of course, any physical activity will do justice, it doesn't have to be Ashtanga yoga. Outside in the real world there is an epidemic of large bellies. Go to gym, do some heavy lifting and take care of yourself. Dance! Whatever. There are other ways to build courage, creativity, curiosity, connection and purpose. Yoga is the way that works for me.

Say No to Yoga Studio

Yesterday, I was shocked to see the new prices they charge. Single drop in class $30, 5 class pass $120, 10 class pass $200, plus HST (in Canada, for anything you buy, you pay extra 13% of the original price). Special events, so called yoga workshops, are even more expensive, the price depends of the yoga teacher's celebrity level.

It's really sad, because a lot of people cannot afford more stress in their lives, students, those working shitty jobs just to get by, single moms, etc. can't afford these classes. I feel the price of classes makes yoga appear to be an upper middle class hobby more than something approachable to everyone, which is so sad.

Six years ago, I paid $25/month for unlimited practice at an Ashtanga studio in Toronto. Today, $280/month plus HST. Whom to blame for this price spike? Bad yoga studio management? or the overheated market? I can join a gym for $30/month and get fit without all that spiritual dogma in yoga classes.

There, in the yoga studio, everyone's always telling you how their award-winning studio is a great and with the best yoga teachers around, and as with everything, that's only partially true, but then you go to yoga class and there you find the floor smells like onions steamed in cat pee.

Be nice, be quiet, smile, breathe deeply, be good, don't ask questions, don't use your minds, don't make a disturbance - is the motto of yoga studios. They are doing nothing more than maintaining the ignorance. None of them are teaching against our ego. There is no interest in freedom.

Today, yoga means anything you want. It is a lifestyle, said one yoga practitioner. But it is interesting, once you're deep into yoga, you should become a little less interested in wastefulness and a little more interested in awareness and mindfulness...

So my advise is, once you have a solid, safe foundation for your practice, there’s enormous value in daily unrolling your mat at your living room, and moving through poses. If you listen to your body carefully, you’ll realize you have a lot more to teach yourself than you expected. And, of course, that is completely free!

Starting a home yoga practice will ultimately save you time, energy and money. Try to practice Ashtanga yoga every day. Set aside a time when you will not be disturbed and you will not have to rush.

Practice regularly, start with standing and finishing postures, it will help you build concentration, increase flexibility and strengthen will power, making it easier to practice the next day. Consistency is key. If possible, establish a regular time of day to set aside for practice. Morning practice is advised.

There is more benefit to doing the practice regularly than sporadic studio class attendance, or the occasional workshop. Twenty minutes of yoga at home is more beneficial than driving, parking and paying to practice for an hour at a studio. The greatest and longest lasting benefits are achieved when at least half-primary is done every day. The full primary is a goal and that is the way to go.