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Shrink on the Mat – July 2011

July 3, 2011

Q) Why should I practice yoga at home when I already regularly attend classes twice a week?

A) Ideally yoga classes should support a home practice; i.e. a daily time and space where you work with the union of mind and body yourself. Yoga classes are a booster shot. Our intention is to cultivate a daily practice space.

However we all start somewhere, and for many the guided yoga class is our best bet to help us slow down, connect with our breath, and move the body in a conscious way. The fact that there are others in the class supports our journey and provides some sense of community or sangha. So there is nothing wrong with starting there and becoming more familiar with the poses and the practice. Over time however, it is useful to develop a home practice as well, even if it means starting with just five minutes a day and building up from there. I find with my own home-practice there is a huge sense of honouring and commitment to myself. Also I bring the energy of the yoga into my home space; a reminder that yoga is wherever I am, not just in a class environment!

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Linda Kantor is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher and practitioner who has been in private practice for the past 15 years. www.be-awake.co.za.
Have a question about yoga? Email Linda directly lindi@isoft.co.zaor editor@yogaaa.co.za

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