Happy Weekend Yogis!
Hope January is being kind and you are keeping warm during the cold spell.
I'm often asked "How can I develop my practice?", especially at this time of year. So here are a few tips which I feel may help in creating a home practice which in turn will develop your practice, asanas and general wellbeing.
1) Where do I do it?
Find a space that is as quiet as possible. In the summer that may be in a park, but at this time of year, think about a space at home that has the least traffic
2) How long?
Don't say to yourself I will practice for an hour - say to yourself 15-20 mins, then see how you feel once you are on the mat and moving. Often by saying we will practice for an hour, we find an excuse as we no longer want to commit to that length of time.
3) What do I do?
How does your body feel? Is the back stiff? The hamstrings shrunk? Shoulders tight? What asanas (postures) will help? In my classes, I make sure I reference, during practice, the benefits that at least 3 of the postures I am teaching will bring you eg "Garudasana (Eagle pose) - brings focus and opens the shoulders, etc." Alternatively, practice 2 or 3 postures that you enjoy or want to develop and see where it takes you. One session, you may feel that you want to sit and meditate, so do that.
Whatever and whenever you decide to practice, most importantly, listen to your body - it really is your greatest teacher.