Oh yes, that's right! Not only am I suggesting that you practice at home, on your own, but I'm also going to share some tips on how to do it!
Having a personal practice at home is so important. Yoga is something that can and should be practiced daily. That doesn't mean that you need to practice for an hour or longer every day, a short 20 minute session will do, if that is all you have time for on a particular day. Consider it "self care", you are taking time out of your day to care for yourself, you are taking care of your body, your mind, and your spirit.
Ask yourself what your goal in practicing yoga is? Are you looking for peace? Are you looking for stillness? Are you looking for flexibility or strength? Consider this as you start your practice.
Think about what poses make you feel good in class and do them. Think about the poses that you dread and maybe avoid doing, and do them too. It's especially important to do the ones you seem to dislike, as they tend to the be ones you need the most.
You might even consider talking to your teacher about starting a home practice. Ask them for tips or maybe set up a private lesson with them to create a personalized flow that will work for your body. All of our teachers at The Yoga & Wellness Collective are open to taking on private lessons.
Check out this article for other tips on creating a home practice.
Erin has been practicing yoga since she was an adolescent. She received her teacher training at Yoga 4 Peace and is registered through the Yoga Alliance. She enjoys the therapeutic side of yoga and it is always her goal to have her students leave class feeling better than when they arrived. She strongly believes that you should always honor your body, honor your edge, and honor your limits and that you should always make your practice yours. You can read more about her at www.rowantreeyoga.com.
Erin is currently teaching at The Yoga and Wellness Collective on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.