Creating a Home Yoga Practice
Tips from Linda Smith
are many ways to practice. Your practice is personal. Set your intention, and then approach each practice with
empty curiosity. Allow space for the unknown to arise.
a time and space for practice:
Work toward consistency in time (first thing in the morning; right before bed)
Have a special “practice area” in your home with your props and meaningful adornments (flowers, pictures,
a favorite rock, candle, etc.)
Unplug your phone; put up a “do not disturb” sign.
Consider using a timer.
Keep a journal of your practice experience.
II. Right before practice:
Determine how much time you have for that particular
Set your intention for that practice (to stay present; to open the hips; to calm; to energize,
etc.) Use your intention to create balance in your life.
Center. Empty the mind of plans and lists
and focus on your intention and then….Let it go and don’t become attached to any particular outcomes.
III. Warm up with slow, gentle movements:
Six movements of the spine
(can be done on back, sitting, hands and knees, standing)
Big movements for shoulders, arms, hips, joints
IV. For a general practice:
Build intensity with standing
postures. These will bring heat and energy into the body.
Inversions (legs to wall, modified shoulder
stand, shoulder stand)
Abdominal and/or arm-strengthening work
Finish with a “cool down”. Gentle, easy back/hip stretches.
Finally, don’t forget the relaxation (corpse pose) at the end. This helps to integrate the practice.
V. Embed stretches throughout day (at kitchen counter, back porch steps,
while weeding lawn, as you walk). Think of as many ways to include yoga moves into your daily routine/schedule as possible.
L.Smith, Orbis Yoga Studio