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My home practice


Adho Muka Savanasana (Downward Facing Dog) is a basic yoga pose and part of my first week of home practice.

In my first Saturday yoga teacher training class we focused on home practice and I, of course, wrote about it.

To be a good and effective yoga teacher I must have a regular home practice. Five times a week for about 45 minutes is what is recommended.

I couldn’t commit to that at first so I have started with 20-25 minutes five times a week.

The first week that I committed to a yoga home practice I practiced five times (Monday through Friday) for 20-25 minutes.

The second week I tried a different variety of poses to practice and did it five times (Monday through Friday) for 20-25 minutes.

On the days I work from home I am able to make my practice a little longer. But on the days I have to go into the office I do a shorter practice as I am now getting up on those days at 5 a.m. (30 minutes early) to get my practice in.

I wanted to share with you the first week of practice I did. As the first week went on I adjusted my practice. I ended up holding each pose for six breaths.

And depending on how much time I had a savasana was anywhere from 8-20 minutes. Also depending on my time I may have done this practice through a couple of times.

Here is my very first official yoga home practice:

The Yoga Journal website provides many poses in English and Sanskrit. This is a great resource, which I have been using a lot lately.

Starting tomorrow I will try a third home practice I have written out. I had decided to do a focus on twists. Then Thursday night in class we focused on twists. Great timing!

As I continue with my home practice I make edits and adjustments. I am finding what works and what doesn’t work. I am making sure to include poses I am not a fan of. I also include at least one balancing pose, which could be the pose I am not a fan of or be in addition to.

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