Each of us has a story to tell, and mine could begin with, "Not all who wander are lost."
Many twists and turns have brought me here:
I’ve been doing yoga for about 15 years, first to keep me injury free as I ran a couple of marathons and later on because it felt like such a great way to balance mind, body and spirit in this hectic pace we pursue.
Several years ago I was literally hit by a truck and experienced all breath leaving my body. Four months of being mostly still healed my broken bones. I learned to appreciate a deep breath for the first time in ways that I hope have changed me for good.
The first time I tried to do yoga after the accident I joked with my sister, Debra (also a certified yoga teacher), that I would know I was healed when I could lay in savasana (corpse pose) without it hurting! That took about 8 months! In that time I learned the importance of stillness, breath and movement in proper balance.
This is why I love and practice yoga, and why I am compelled to pass along this healing resource to others.
WHY HOME PRACTICE?
Many of you know that my goal is to help you develop a sustainable daily yoga practice.
The conclusion of this study explains the benefits of a home yoga practice:
“Frequency of home practice appears to be very important—more important than how long an individual has been practicing or how many classes one takes. This emphasizes a simple fact: it is not enough simply to learn how to do healthy behaviors. Rather, healthy behaviors must be incorporated into one’s daily life.”
If you’re looking to establish a home yoga practice, try these 3 tips to get going:
Keep it short, 20 minutes or less.
Focus on a few breaths with each movement or pose.
Notice how your body is responding to the motion.
That’s it! No need to overcomplicate it. Even the simplest yoga practices reap great rewards.