Thursday, May 24, 2018

Building a Daily Yoga Practice


This month I have forgotten about yoga. Only 5 practices so far in May. Well, I had shoulder pain for the last three days and I could not do any yoga. It is inflammation of the one of shoulders tendons and I could not raise my hand up.

Daily yoga practice at home helps me to stay healthy, more energetic, calm and happy all day long. I have learned yoga poses for full primary series of ashtanga yoga. I have learned it properly, I was going to the studio for about four years, from 2006 to 2010. I am comfortable to practice it on my own.


Now, is there motivation for the practice?, that is another story. As I said, in May I had sporadic almost non-existent yoga practice. I was preoccupied with my girlfriend, going out, my job and other things and I did not do any exercises. Good food, laziness and lack of exercises have done its thing, I think in the last month or so, I gain 4 pounds, and all the excess is stored mostly around my belly. I have to return myself to the proper shape.

Today, I have started the daily practice of yoga again. I do half primary and my goal is to prepare myself to do full primary series of ashtanga yoga in October. I am 53 and the full primary is very hard thing to do. Here are the things I am keeping in mind as I prepare myself for a fun of the full primary.

1. Convenient time

My yoga practice starts at 7:30 AM.

Practicing yoga in the morning is considered to be the best as it keeps energy levels high during the day. Yet, if it does not happen, I don’t let it be an excuse to skip my practice. I have opportunity to do the practice after the work at 6:00 PM. So I will have no excuse to miss the practice.


2. Comfortable place

I do not have a separate room in my apartment for daily yoga practice. However I do have a place in the middle of living room which is large enough to roll out my yoga mat. All I need to ensure is that my yoga space is clean, it faces my window, it is well-ventilated, and away from furniture or sharp objects.


3. Strength exercises before yoga

This is an absolute must-to-do routine, else I may be at risk of straining my muscles. I'm starting daily practice by warming my body with push ups and few sets of stomach crunches. Then I do exercises for the arms, biceps etc. I respect my body and I do heavy lifting gently with a smile. So first strength exercises for about 10 minutes and then 5 sun salutations A and B.

Total time for morning practice is 1 hour.


4. Consistency

Well, this is the point. It is very important to be regular with yoga practice, to make it a habit. Thirty minutes of yoga is likely to show positive results sooner than two hours of occasional practice.

Practicing yoga alone, it might get boring after a while or I may simply become lazy. So I will try doing it with Sharat's DVD and see the difference! Sharat's Primary Series DVD  can be a great way for motivation.


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