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    MEDITATION CLASSES IN MARRAKECH
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    YOGA MUDRA YOGA
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  • Surya Namaskar Variation and Video

    Surya Namaskar Variation and Video

    Most of us are familiar with a Standard Sun Salutation A or B. However, there are many more creative variations of sun salutations that work the body and nervous system in a holistic manner.  

    Shiva Rea, a master Vinyasa Flow teacher, teaches Mandala Namaskar variations which work in a circular manner around the yoga mat. This encourages us to step out of our set back and forth linear patterns and embrace a more natural, cyclical way of life. 
     
    It can be uncomfortable and disconcerting when we first start - which way am I moving now? - and that's exactly what we want. We want to break up habitual movement patterns and encourage our nervous system and brain to fire in new ways.
     
    For the purposes of keeping the set at a manageable length, we'll start in Downward Dog. You may wish to start in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and move through a Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana), High Plank to Low Plank (Chattaranga), and Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) before you arrive at our starting point of Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana).
     
    Mandala Variation of Surya Namaskar

     
     
    Five Breaths or so:
     
     
    Downward Dog - Illustration #1
     
     
     
    Dynamic Downward Dog - Illustration #2
     
     
    The key aspect in Downward Dog is a straight spine, so if you have tight hamstrings, keep your legs bent and focus on lengthening your tailbone towards the sky. 
     
    Play with bending one knee and then the other as you walk your heels up and down to the ground, releasing and lengthening the hamstrings. Focus on getting a forward tilt on your pelvis.
     
    Watch the video below to get an idea of how these subtle movements in Downward Dog can move into a Dynamic Downward Dog, where the breath and Prana moves through the spine and pelvis as needed to release the body. In Dynamic Downward Dog, the foundation stays firm and strong.
     
    #2: Three-Legged Downward Dog

    Five Breaths or so:
     
     
    Three-Legged Downward Dog 
     
     
    From Downward Dog, sweep one leg high into the sky, bending at the knee and opening that hip up sideways. Keep your shoulders square, creating a twist in the spine. The raised foot presses backwards over the opposite butt check. 
     
    This is a great way to free the hips, and set up for a High Lunge.
     
    #3: High Lunge
     
    5 breaths:

    High Lunge
    Any standing posture starts with our connection to the ground through the feet - ground down firmly through the front heel and press back firmly through the back sole, as if you were standing on a wall. This helps keep you from sinking into your joins. Press your back thigh up to the sky and keep that leg straight too.
    Allow the spine to lengthen forward and lift the sternum up slightly to open.
     
    #4: Side Twist Lunge Variation
     
    5 breaths:
     
    Side Twist Lunge Variation
    Side Twist Lunge Variation Backside
     
    From high lunge, firmly ground the opposite hand to the front foot into the ground so the arm is perpendicular tand directly under the shoulder. This provides strong support for your weight.
     
    Pivot on your feet so the front foot swings 90 degrees out sideways, but stays grounded. The back foot also pivots sideways but you roll on to the outside edge of the foot.
     
    Sweep the other arm - same as the front foot - around and down the length of the body, opening the front of the body.
     
    You're now facing the side of your yoga mat.
     
    Keep both legs strong, just as in lunge. Press firmly down through the front foot, in particular the heel. Extend strongly through the back leg keeping the leg strong and straight. 
     
    Don't sink into your joints! Press through the grounded arm as well.
     
    #5: Wide-Legged Forward Bend, One Leg Bent
     
    5 breaths:
     
    Wide-Legged Forward Bend, One Leg Bent
     
    From Side Twist High Lunge Variation, inhale and lift your hips up towards the sky. Take your skyward arm and swing it around in an arc in front of you. As you do so, pivot on your front foot around toward the front of the yoga mat and then the opposite side. 
     
    You're now facing the opposite side of the yoga mat.
     
    What is now your back leg bends deeply, the spine extends straight out from the pelvis, which is tilted forward. Hands rest directly underneath your shoulders. Surrender into the forward bend.
     
    #6: Crescent Lunge, with Variations
     
    5 Breaths:
     
    Crescent Lunge with Interlaced Hands
    Crescent Lunge with Extended Arms
     
    From Wide-Legged Forward Bend with One Bent Knee, inhale and pivot toward the BACK of your yoga mat, coming into High Lunge again. Exhale and ground through your feet, connecting to your foundation again.
     
    You're now facing the back of your yoga mat.
     
    Inhale and interlace your hands behind your spine and use this momentum to draw your torso upright, keeping the back leg straight and the front thigh parallel to the ground. Pause there and breath into the spine and the hips.
     
    Once you feel stable, inhale and lift your arms above your head, keeping the shoulder blades down and firmly agains the spine. Gaze moves with the finger tips. Breath openness into the front of the body.

    Come out of Crescent Lunge and back down into Downward Dog. You're now ready to start again!

    #7: Repeat Again on Same Side
     
    1 Breath Per Posture:
     
    Repeat the exact same sequence, on the same leg, to take you back around to the front of the yoga mat. Only this time, instead of taking five breaths per posture, take one breath per posture, creating flow.
     
    It might take awhile to figure out when to exhale and when to inhale to find smooth transitions. In general, use inhales to lift up and move between postures, and exhales to ground and find stability in postures.
     
    #8: Repeat twice on the other side
     
    From Downward Dog, repeat the same sequence again but start with the other leg in Three-Legged Downward Dog. The first set, do five breaths per posture and explore your way in, noticing where you feel tight and where you feel open.
     
    The second set, which brings you back around to the front of the mat, do one breath per posture, finding the flow in the sequence.
     
    Watch Video of this Sequence

    There's a few extra flow movements added in - knee sweeps in Three-Legged Dog, and a pulse in High Lunge. You can miss these out or add them in as you please. The video also gives you a much better idea of Dynamic Downward Dog.

    Watch a couple of times to get the general flow, and then start to explore on your own yoga mat.

    Have fun!

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  • Complete 30 Minute Yoga Set ? Part 2

    Complete 30 Minute Yoga Set ? Part 2

    All titles below are links to the yoga poses and techniques used in this set, so click the link to read the full details on the particular exercise.

    The following yoga set is designed to provide a complete workout and covers all the essential daily practices recommended by yoga.  
     
    To recap here are the 6 exercises from the 30 Minute Yoga Set - Part 1.
     
    1. KAPALBHATI PRANAYAMA - 2 Minutes

    2. ANULOMA VILOMA PRANAYAMA - 3 Minutes

    3. SIMPLE NECK EXERCISES - 2 Minutes


    5. DOUBLE LEG LIFTS - 2 Minutes


     
    COMPLETE YOGA SET - PART 2:

     
     
    1 Minute:
     
    Bridge Pose - Illustration #1
     
     
    Bridge Pose - Illustration #2 
     
    As is common in yoga, there are many variations and modifications for yoga poses.  This is also true for Bridge Pose. So if you are just a beginner, come into the pose as shown in Illustration #2, while if you are more adept, do as shown in Illustration #1.  For those who are more advanced, you can visit the article for even more difficult variations of this pose.
     
    Try to hold the pose for 1 minute, but if you need to take a break that's fine too.  Build up your strength systematically and soon you will be able to do 1 minute and even more.  This pose is excellent for strengthening your lower back and improving your digestive and reproductive systems.  It will also help you tone and strengthen your arms, wrists and shoulders.
     
    You can do bridge pose with Breath of Fire, long deep breathing or normal breathing, depending on your level.
     

     
    1 Minute:
     
    Forward Bend
     
    I am sure your arms will be happy to be given a break after Bridge Pose, as the next pose to come into would be theForward Bend :-).  Hold this pose for 1 minute.  Don't worry if you cannot reach your toes, it is more important to keep your legs straight at the knees that reaching your toes.  Just hold as far down your legs as comfortable and enjoy the great stretch this pose gives.
    Do this pose with long deep breathing.  For those who wish to add a Kundalini component to this exercise, visualize white light rising up the spine as you inhale, and then coming down the spine as you exhale.
    1 Minute:
     
    Bow Pose
     
     
    Having done an excellent forward bend, it is text time to balance things out by doing a backwards bend, and Bow Pose is a superb exercise for achieving this stretch.
     
    Bow pose is great for your back, spine and respiratory systems.   In addition it gives a wonderful full body stretch and is one of the best exercises for your digestive health.  Do bow pose with long deep breathing and if you really want to challenge yourself, rock back and forth in bow pose.
     

    http://anmolmehta.com/blog/2009/08/27/lower-back-exercise-yoga-spinal-twists/

    1 Minute:
     
    Twist Left
     
     
    Twist Right
     
    Perhaps you are seeing the trend here.  We have leaned forward, arched backwards so now it is time to twist side to side :-).  For this, Kundalini Yoga Twists are excellent.
     
    In the illustrations above I have shown my arms clasped behind me, but you can also use the variation described in this article,Spinal Warm-up Series, where you are holding your shoulders with your hands, thumbs behind your shoulders, four finger in front and elbows up at shoulder level.  In either posture, twist to the left inhaling and then to the right exhaling.  Go in a smooth motion.
     
    1 Minute:
     
    Crane Pose
     
    If you have never done Crane Pose before, please practice WITH A BIG SOFT PILLOW UNDER YOUR FACE.  You have been warned :-).
     
    This is a more challenging pose to do, so take your time in mastering it, as it might not happen overnight.  You will need strong arms, good concentration and good balance to do this asana, and consequentially this posture will further improve those traits.
     
    Also, for this pose feel free to take frequent breaks as you build up your strength to hold for 1 minute straight.
     
    1 Minute:
     
    The next pose to do is really a wonderful way to stretch the body.  It is Triangle Pose, and for the purpose of this set you should stretch each side for 30 seconds.
     
    Please note there are lots of variations to Triangle Pose and all of these are useful and can be used from time to time as part of this set.  The key idea here is to get a great lateral and full body stretch.
     
    For basic Triangle Pose, stand up with your feet spread wide apart.  Then point your left foot to the left and right foot straight ahead.  Bring both arms out to the sides and then reach down and your left hand and reach for your left ankle, without leaning forward.  At the same time bring your right arm straight up with the palm facing forward.  After 30 seconds switch side.
     
     
    4 Minutes:
     
    For the last 4 minutes, relax completely in Corpse Pose.  Don't underestimate the great value of this relaxation period.  It will give the body a chance to assimilate the gains, release tensions and find equilibrium.
     
    That concludes this 30 minute yoga set.  It s a great set with which to establish a personal yoga practice and if done consistently will bestow all the wonderful benefits that come with doing yoga regularly.

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  • Excellent 30 Minute Yoga Set ? Part 1

    Excellent 30 Minute Yoga Set ? Part 1

    All titles below are links to the yoga techniques article, so click the link to read the full details on the particular exercise.

    The following yoga set provides a complete workout and works on all the major muscle groups and systems of the body to ensure good health, healing and well-being.  
     
    In this article you will find part 1 of this set, which is comprised of 6 exercises and takes 20 minutes to complete.  I suggest you start with these 6 exercises and then add the exercises I provide in part 2 next week.
     
    Note that although I have given times below for each exercise, you should do as much as you are comfortable with and take breaks as and when needed. 

     
     
    2 Minutes:
     
    Start the set with doing 2 minutes of this excellent breathing exercise.  Kapalbhati has a wide range of benefits, which include improving your respiratory and digestive systems, and it is a great way to get your energy going at the beginning of a set.
     
    Kapalbhati is done by expelling the air forcefully through the nose and allowing a passive inhalation following that.  The stomach is pulled in sharply during the exhalation phase.  Video instruction in included in the article - How to do Kapalbhati Pranayama.
     

     
    3 Minutes:
     
    Now move onto Anuloma Viloma Pranayama for 3 minutes. This breathing exercise is great for promoting a calm, smooth, peaceful mind which is great for practicing yoga and meditation.  Try to do this exercise with full awareness.  

    In Anuloma Viloma, you will breathe through one nostril, exhale through the other, then breathe through it, and exhale through the original nostril.  Use your fingers to pinch a nostril closed as required by the pattern above.  

    For video instructions and advanced versions you can visit the full article - Anuloma Viloma Pranayama.  

    For both Kapalbhati and Anumla Viloma you can use the basic seated pose below.  If you are not able to sit cross legged (or Burmese Style as shown below), then you can sit upright on a chair as well.

     
    Basic Pranayama Pose
     

    http://anmolmehta.com/blog/2011/04/01/neck-yoga-exercises/

    2 Minutes:
     
    Next it is time to get the body moving an important region to limber up initially is the neck. So for the next 2 minute do these Simple Neck Exercises.
     
    To do these excises turn your neck right, then left, up and then down.  Holding each position for 15 seconds.  Do 2 full rounds.
     

    http://anmolmehta.com/blog/2010/09/02/best-morning-yoga-stretching-poses-surya-namaskar/

    10 Minutes:
     
    If you were not able to dedicate even 30 minutes for your yoga practice and came to me to ask, if I can do just 10 minutes of yoga a day, what should I practice?  I would tell you to do Surya Namaskar daily.
     
    This is a great sequence and it works on many of the essential aspects of your body and systems.  It is also a great routine for promoting weight loss and strengthening your entire body.  Do this routine repeatedly for 10 minutes.  Take breaks as needed.
     
    You will find many more details and variations for Surya Namaskar here.  But to get started the illustration below shows you the sequence step by step.
     
    2 Minutes:
     
    There are 3 things to keep in mind with regard to working on your core abdominal strength.  First, its very good for you both energetically and aesthetically.  Second, you should do some abdominal work everyday.  And finally, it is good to change up the abdominal exercise you are doing from time to time.
     
    So to start with, I suggest the double leg lifts.  From there every week or two I suggest switching to another abdominal exercise for maximum benefit.  Do this or other exercise for 2 minutes.
     
    For double leg lifts simply raise your legs to 90 degrees and then lower them slowly back down.
     
    The following article details the double leg lift and also has other great ab exercises to choose from for your change up - Yoga Ab Exercises to Shape Stomach.
     
    Starting Position
     
    Ending Position
     
    1 Minute:
     
    The next pose to do is a very good inverted yoga pose.  It is the Should Stand.  This pose is not just good for brain fitness, but is also good for your heart and immune system.  In addition, it is beneficial for the thyroid gland and for promoting peace within.
     
    Come into this pose carefully, do not overdo it and hold it for 1 minute if possible.
     
    Shoulder Stand
     
    Stay tuned for part 2 of this set in the next newsletter.  There I will provide the exercises and poses that comprise the remaining 10 minutes of this set.
     

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  • How Deep Acceptance of What You Don?t Want Can Lead to Joy & Bliss

    How Deep Acceptance of What You Don?t Want Can Lead to Joy & Bliss

    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah writes about all kinds of things, from home practice and parenting to the etiquettes of yoga class and the ethics of yoga. One of her specialities is the psychology of mastering yourself - something she learned through her home yoga practice.

    This article, written in 2011, illustrates how it's never our circumstances that cause either happiness or suffering, but our approach to our circumstances. 

    by Kara-Leah Grant  

    There's always an opportunity on the horizon
    There's always an opportunity on the horizon

    Life has been rich with opportunities to practice deep acceptance lately.

    Samuel is now 17 months old, generally awake from 7am to 7pm, and active, even measured by toddler standards.

    It's impossible to work around him anymore, or write morning pages, or meditate, or practice asana.

    These things were the mainstay of my waking hours - if I wasn't on the computer, I was doing some form of yoga or writing.

    In the last month, I've had to accept that this is just not the way my life is anymore.

    Instead, I've had to reshape my time around Samuel. I guess this is what it means to be a mother ;)

    I realised it was impossible to do what I'd always done - and there was some anger and frustration in the realising.

    It came up, I felt it, and I let it go before settling into a space of openness to see what was possible with what I did have.

    Such is the possibility of life with a regular spiritual practice.

    Without that, this change and ending could have been a traumatic experience for me.

    I could have felt unconscious or conscious resentment towards Samuel for preventing me from doing what I loved, and living my life my way.

    I could have felt anger. Or got depressed. Or been upset.

    But I haven't.

    My spiritual practice has helped make this change in my life an easy shift, and one filled with opportunities and hidden treasures.

    I've discovered that with a small child, the activities that are possible - those that keep him engaged and learning and happy - are those of the traditional stay-at-home parent. (Fancy that eh?)

    Samuel is quite happy to watch and help and play while I do housework, and while I cook and bake. He already loves washing dishes and will pull a chair over to stand on at the first sound of running water in the kitchen.

    He loves going for walks in the pushchair. He loves going to the park, and on short drives or adventures to secondhand stores.

    I've accepted that this is what my life is about now, and I've opened myself up whole-heartedly to embrace this new life - a way of living that has never been possible for me before. I've been damn good at resisting change, kick and screaming all the way while throwing up struggle and strife for myself without even realising it.

    This time is different. I know better now. I can sense resistance, I know it leads to suffering, and I'm doing my best to accept whatever is in front of me right now.

    In doing so, all kinds of treasures have revealed themselves.

    For a start, housework, cooking and baking can all be done to a high-energy dance playlist of Madonna, and they can all be done while dancing and singing.

    Singing and dancing while cleaning, baking and cooking feels awesome, and leads to all sorts of blissful, joyful states of being that Samuel and I get to share.

    It's almost more fun than my years working as a Go Go dancer in Canadian nightclubs. Hell, it probably is better in many respects because I don't have to dodge the drunks while dancing in my kitchen!

    Plus having plenty of time to plan meals means I've got the time to get adventurous and creative in the kitchen.

    Google has become an invaluable tool in working around missing ingredients, and has served up all kinds of fabulous recipes like butter-less cookies and crustless cabbage pie.

    In the past month, I've baked bread a couple of times a week, taught myself how to make a curry from scratch, discovered the best ever apple crumble recipe and perfected the art of pumpkin, carrot and ginger soup.

    I've even made playdoh, in five different colours.

    Dare I say it, I'm having a whale of a time.

    The curious and interesting thing is when I was growing up, I was hell-bent on being a career woman, and I vowed I'd never have children. It just wasn't something I was interested in doing at all. The idea of being a single parent with a child living in the suburbs on the DPB was my idea of hell.

    How wrong our ideas can be.

    Instead of hell, I find myself experiencing more joy and delight on a daily basis than at any other period in my life.

    Not because of what I'm doing... but because of the energy and intent I'm bringing to what I'm doing.

    It's a sense of;

    OK, this is where I am, I whole-heartedly accept this place. Now what is here?

    It's an extraordinarily powerful way to live. Mostly because it makes me feel extraordinarily powerful because I've realised I'm the one in charge of my own joy and delight.

    Not my circumstances.

    Not other people.

    Not the amount of money I have in the bank.

    Not the job title I have.

    None of that has any power over me anymore... and what freedom there is in that!

    This time won't last forever. Samuel will grow up. I'll have time to write and work and practice yoga to my heart's content.

    Somehow, that just makes now all the more precious.

    It's all we ever have. Might as well accept it.

    Let the treasures reveal themselves.

    The opportunities arise.

    So simple really.

    Not easy though...

    About Kara-Leah

    Kara-Leah is a writer and yoga teacher who has always been infinitely curious about the make-up of the human psyche and body. Regular yoga helped her heal and recover from chronic back issues, including a spinal fusion at age 16, and two episodes of psychosis at age 29. 

    Her daily home yoga practice began in earnest when people kept asking her to teach them yoga.  She?s since trained as a teacher with Shiva Rea, and immersed herself in practicing, teaching yoga and writing about yoga. Kara-Leah lives just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand with her son Samuel. 

    She?s the publisher of The Yoga Lunchbox and published her first book, Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice in 2013. Her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yogahas just been releasedShe?s also a regular contributor to the Elephant Journal

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  • How to maintain a home yoga practice with a new baby in the house

    How to maintain a home yoga practice with a new baby in the house

    Our popular contributor Kara-Leah writes about all kinds of things, from home practice and parenting to the etiquettes of yoga class and the ethics of yoga. One of her specialities is the psychology of maintaing a home yoga practice - she's even written a book on it, Forty Days of Yoga. It's something she knows about intimately, from the inside out. This article was written five years ago, when her son was still a baby.

    by Kara-Leah Grant  

    Fitting babies into a yoga practice - Samuel at 6 months
    Fitting babies into a yoga practice - Samuel at 6 months

    It's something other mothers have been asking me for the last few months - how do I maintain my home yoga practice (crucial as a yoga teacher) when I've got a 9 month old baby boy, and shared custody of a seven year old girl?

    It's simple really.

    I make my practice the priority for the day.

    It's my one must-do every single day. Everything else can wait.

    In practice, this isn't easy, and requires discipline. But it is simple, and it applies not just to parents with young children, but to anyone with multiple demands on their time.

    I didn't figure this out straight away though.

    Post-pregnancy, an emergency c-section meant I was unable to do any asana for 5 weeks and my practice consisted of snatching half an hour each day of Yoga Nidra. Some days I missed, some days I was incredibly grateful for doing the practice.

    As Samuel got older, and we moved down to Dunedin and took shared-custody of a seven year old, my daily yoga practice suffered. It was so easy to find reasons not to practice - there's not enough space, I don't feel good enough, there's not enough time. Some weeks the only yoga I did was in a class - fine for a student, not so fine for a teacher.

    By this time though, Samuel was getting into a pretty good routine. Every morning and every afternoon, he sleeps for at least an hour, sometimes two or three. My inconsistent practice was beginning to get me down, and I realised that I had to make a commitment. I had to make my practice the most important thing I did every day. And the easiest way to do that was to hit the mat the second Samuel fell asleep, either in the morning, or in the afternoon.

    No excuses.

    No messing around.

    No doing the housework, the accounts, the website, the email, the facebook...

    If I didn't take that opportunity, there often didn't come another. If I made excuses, or put it off, or didn't feel like it, I'd be cursing myself later in the day when I realised I'd missed my chance.

    In this way, being restricted in when I practice yoga has actually seen my home practice improve. As we all well know, getting on the mat is most of the challenge, once I'm on there, I don't want to get off. I can quite happily practice for three hours, although it's rare I get that long.

    One of the most challenging aspects of grabbing the opportunity to practice when it arises has been managing my food intake.

    Yoga has to be practiced on a mostly empty stomach so I've got to try and make sure that I eat at times which keep me in a 'ready-to-practice' state at key times. I failed miserably at this today. It's 9.30am and Samuel's just gone down for his morning sleep, right as my breakfast finished cooking. I've been up for a couple of hours, and it would've made more sense to eat earlier... doh! So I've likely missed this morning's opportunity, and will now be very careful about when I eat lunch to get in this afternoon's chance!

    After sharing this tip about prioritizing your practice during baby map time with a fellow yoga teacher at The Dunedin Yoga Studio, she asked my how I managed to get savasana in every time. She never knows when her baby is going to wake up, and he often does before she's done her closing sequence.

    This is definitely one of the biggest challenges - a woken baby waits for no woman nor man! I've got my tricks though...

    1. The jolly jumper - after a sleep, Samuel can be quite happy in the Jolly Jumper, watching me practice. This gives me another twenty minutes of so, which is perfect for a closing sequence.
    2. The high chair - whether he's got toys or something to munch on, Samuel's quite happy to hang out here for awhile.
    3. Toys - sometimes Samuel's quite content to bang away on his drums or mess around with his sister's guitar while I finish my practice beside him.
    4. The mother/baby combo practice - it's not quite the same, doing savasana with a baby on your belly, but in a pinch, it's better than nothing. And when daily practice is your priority, freeing yourself up to accept better than nothing can lead to some amazing practices.

    In the last few months, grabbing the first opportunity to practice that arises during the day has taught me a few things about practicing yoga at home.

    Or maybe it's reminded me of a few things that I already knew about home yoga practice.

    1. There's always a reason not to practice.
    2. This opportunity might be the only one I get today.
    3. Even after a fairly steady home practice of five or more years, my mind still loves to resist getting on the mat.
    4. No matter how I'm feeling when I do get on the mat, I always feel better afterwards.
    5. Once I'm on, getting off is the hard thing.
    6. Daily home practice makes for a better life, hands down.
    7. I'm the only one in charge of getting me on the mat.
    8. Thinking, oh I'll practice later, is resistance and the fast track to missing my daily dose. There is no later. Only now
    9. I love yoga. Yep, it's tough getting on that mat, day after day, but damn if it's not the most amazing thing ever.

    So if you're struggling to maintain your daily home practice because of a busy, demanding life. Set yourself a commitment. Make your practice your priority. Every morning when you wake up, plot your whole day around when you'll get your practice in. Let everything else shape itself around your mat time. You'll be amazed at the shift that can happen when daily home practice becomes your reality.

    What are you waiting for?

    PS. An hour after Samuel went to sleep, my porridge had digested enough and I grabbed the opportunity to just sit in meditation for a few moments. Those few moments turned into a 45 minute seated asana practice with some lovely long holds and sensational shoulder openers. Just letting go of the need to have a 90 minute window opens up some amazing practices of all varieties!

     

    About Kara-Leah

    Kara-Leah is a writer and yoga teacher who has always been infinitely curious about the make-up of the human psyche and body. Regular yoga helped her heal and recover from chronic back issues, including a spinal fusion at age 16, and two episodes of psychosis at age 29. 

    Her daily home yoga practice began in earnest when people kept asking her to teach them yoga.  She?s since trained as a teacher with Shiva Rea, and immersed herself in practicing, teaching yoga and writing about yoga. Kara-Leah lives just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand with her son Samuel. 

    She?s the publisher of The Yoga Lunchbox and published her first book, Forty Days of Yoga ? Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice in 2013. Her second book, The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yogahas just been releasedShe?s also a regular contributor to the Elephant Journal

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