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How to Block Any External Distractions In Yoga

March 17, 2019 • By

If our yoga practice was in a film it would be you, alone in a hilltop log studio, overlooking a picturesque rain-forest. Birds and crickets the only sounds you can hear, the temperature is perfect and the surroundings are breathtaking. Your body moves effortlessly to the sounds of nature and your mind transcends the mortal, sending you into a deep medative state.

 

Snap back to reality, Eminem style.

You’re at home. You’ve got a ‘to-do’ list as long as your arm, a full time job, children, partner and a dog. On top of the struggle juggle you’re trying to better your health and bring a sense of calm into your life by doing yoga. You roll out your yoga mat whenever and wherever you can and this often this means there will be a little, or a lot, of distractions. Interesting, however, this can really enhance your yoga life.

How?

When we practice yoga our aim is to bring our mind, body and breath into unison. To do this you must learn to block out any external distractions. It’s why we have a Drishti (focused gaze) and why we tune in to our Ujjayi breath. Now imagine the conditions of your daily yoga practice are consistently perfect. Would you tune is to yourself as much?

 

Practitioners that occasionally have to practice when the conditions aren’t ideal will built up a stronger resilience to external distractions. This means they have a stronger ability to block out anything that might distract them from their focus in life, be that a career challenge or relationship issue. Anything that throw you off course from achieving your desired goal.

So the next time the neighbours upstairs are banging around during your yoga practice think, ‘ah, this serves me’. Then breath a big, loud breath and continue to focus on your practice. The more often you do this the stronger your resilience will become.

And remember, it’s called a practice for a reason! We are all practising strength, practising focus, practising determination.

All is coming.

 


Yoga & Meditation

How to Start a Self-Yoga Practice

January 30, 2019 • By

Self Yoga Practice

 

For a long time now having a self-yoga practice has been associated with devout practitioners, yoga teachers and those with super advanced practices. Whilst it may be true that teachers and long-time yogis have a committed self-practice it is also true that practising yoga in the comfort of your own home has never been easier.

If you are a self-conscious beginner you may feel more confident trying out a few moves at home before heading out into the big world of yoga classes. Maybe you are short of time, a full time parent or shift worker who just cannot physically get to a class, why should you have to miss out on that juicy yoga high?

You shouldn’t. And that is why it is perfectly okay to practice your yoga at home.

A few bits of advice if you are new to yoga but want to practice by yourself:

– Listen to your body: Your yoga practice may be challenging but it should never be painful. If at any point you feel pain, stop.

– Find a video to follow. There are lots of beginner’s yoga classes on YouTube now. Find one you relate to and practice using it as your guide.

– Don’t give up. Yoga is a beautiful, life changing practice but, like all the good things in life, it can take time to reap the rewards. Keep going, flowing and I promise you’ll soon be floating around on a cloud of good vibes.

If you already have a steady yoga practice and regularly attend classes but want more yoga in your life (who doesn’t), here are a few tips on starting to practice at home:

– Try and get a designated space. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a yoga room at home but if you can find a quiet area to do your yoga in then keep that same space continuously. If possible keep your mat rolled out, if you see it you’re more likely to practice. If the space is inviting you will want to spend time there. Add candles or little trinkets that you like. Make the area as peaceful as possible so every time you step on your mat to instantly feel calmer.

– Find an online video that introduces you to things that aren’t generally included in your weekly class. Try a handstand or new balancing pose without the pressure of a big group ‘watching’ you. Make it fun and challenge yourself.

– Continue to practice the poses your teacher gives you. You will advance further if you spend more time perfecting the poses done in class. Your body will become more comfortable and therefore reap more benefits from the practice.

– Give yourself a really long Savasana. Don’t you just hate it when you’re super comfortable in your final relaxation pose and then, in no time at all, the teacher is bringing you back to reality. One of the many perks of a self-yoga practice is you can take as long as you like in your Savasana. Bliss!

Remember to always practice safely. Learn to listen to your body and never go beyond your limitations by yourself.

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Keep on practising!