by Yoga Digest | September 14, 2015 11:08 pm
A dedicated home practice is an integral component of the study of yoga. It allows yogis of all levels to roll out their mats at any time, whether they have 10 minutes or 90 minutes. In the privacy of their own space, they can benefit from yoga’s calming effects, explore more in-depth what they’ve learned in class, and develop meditative and breathing skills that go hand-in-hand with the practice.
For the 20 million people who have embarked on the physical and spiritual journey of yoga, YOGA AT HOME: INSPIRATION FOR CREATING YOUR OWN HOME PRACTICE, by acclaimed yoga teacher Linda Sparrowe, offers everything needed to begin or enrich practicing yoga at home.
The book is filled with useful tips, motivational stories, and practical advice. The book features many wellness and yoga experts. Seane Corn shares her home practice among many others.
When Seane does a more organized practice, she breaks it down into six sections—Sun Salutations; standing poses; backbends; forward bends; inversions; and Corpse Pose—moving through the full cycle of life from birth to death.
1. Begin in Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose), which epitomizes birth, offering an opportunity for grounding and intention.
2. Move through several Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), experiencing the fluidity of childhood.
3. Choose a variety of standing poses, which signify ego development in young adulthood, where we learn to stand on our own two feet.
4. Open into backbends, which exemplify our twenties and thirties, a time of tapas (fierce determination) when we are finding our place in the world.
5. Release into a few forward bends and hip openers, which represent our forties, fifties, and sixties, and help us create time and space for deeper reflection.
6. Turning upside down in an inversion can help us mix things up and approach the world from a different perspective.
7. Rest in Savasana (Corpse Pose), which symbolizes transcendence, surrender, and death.
Courtesy of ©Yoga at Home by Linda Sparrowe, Universe Publishing, 2015.
Photo credits: Sarah Keough and Megan McIsaac
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