Many of the people I know speak of the difficulty of practicing autonomously, in this case I focus on Yoga but it also happens with any activity.
The arguments are various but can be summarized as: laziness, lack of time, lack of discipline, external motivation, and fear of injury.
(Feel free to comment on what your reason is if it is not among those described, or even if it is.)
My daily self-practice is Ashtanga Yoga, which follows the same series daily and that makes it tremendously challenging for the mind. And although the practice is “the same” it always feels different, reflecting on your life, off the mat. Evolving in all aspects.
The reasons that I offer below are valid for any type of Yoga that you want to practice.
Prepared? After reading it, you will not be able to find excuses
- It is an opportunity to observe and listen to your body in a deeper way
- Connect with your rhythm and breathing
- Helps you overcome your fears
- Increase creativity and knowledge of your own body
- Increase your flexibility in all senses: physical and mental
- Build discipline, dedication and love for yourself
- Makes you independent
- It’s economic
- You can do it anywhere
- You will be healthier, you will be in much better physical condition and emotionally balanced.
It is an opportunity to observe and listen to your body in a deeper way
When we are in a guided class we let ourselves be carried away by what the teacher advises or says most of the time, which is great. However, it can generate a lack of connection with our body. We forget if we can go deeper or if not. Whether our body is complaining or we can go further than we think. Listen to yourself Yes, your inner self also has a voice.
Connect with your rhythm and breathing
Practicing can only surprise you. Maybe your breathing is longer and deeper, or suddenly you find yourself speeding up and need to slow down. In any case, it is an opportunity to explore and find the balance between each asana and its subsequent breathing. You can stay in one pose longer if you wish.
Of course, do not fool your body … do not go too fast. It is better to perform fewer postures but spend at least five breaths in each of them.
Helps you overcome your fears
How many times have you stopped doing a pose for fear of making a fool of yourself, not performing it correctly, falling or because of the stress of the time they dedicate to that pose that would require much more dedication for you?
This is your practice.
Do what you like, as long as you like!
That you fall, because you get up and laugh at yourself, which is very healthy. Try again as many times as you need or want, but don’t get frustrated either. As always, if that posture does not come out that day, do not get confused in it, continue with your practice. Maybe it’s not the day or maybe your body is not yet ready to do it.
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Increase creativity and knowledge of your own body
Maybe you decide to try something new that you’ve never tried before. You can always turn to tutorials on YouTube that can help you.
You may be surprised at what postures that you thought were impossible you are capable of doing and feeling good in them.
Increase your flexibility in all senses: physical and mental
Find the time and find it. It doesn’t matter if one day is 20 minutes and another is an hour. Don’t feel bad about it. But be as constant as possible. Maybe you prefer to practice in the morning but one day you couldn’t. Well, practice in the afternoon. It’s not the end of the world.
It is better to practice less than not to practice at all.
Build discipline, dedication and love for yourself
Discipline in these cases is not bad at all.
Dedication and love for ourselves is something that we often lack with our fast pace of life. Sit back, breathe and take your time, yours alone. Don’t let anything: work, family, friends, obligations bother you at that time for you. Be self-centered for those minutes. Being one can bring you the ability to be better with yourself and with others.
If you don’t love yourself, how can others possibly do it?
Makes you independent
We are so used to going to guided classes sometimes that we get incredibly lazy just thinking about our mat. Remember that you are solely responsible for what happens in your body and mind. Why be subordinate and be dependent on a teacher, study or any other factor? Break free. You can do it like anyone else.
Repeat yourself as many times as you need: I can and want.
It is so cheap that there are no excuses. The only investment you should make is buying a decent mat =).
You can keep going to your study / teacher a few times a week but don’t forget that self-practice is not just about saving money but about investing in your Self, an investment for life.
You can do it anywhere
Don’t tell me this isn’t an excellent reason?
At home, in the country, on the beach, on vacation. Anywhere! I practice everywhere, in unimaginable places, with good reason that there are people who say that this is strange! One of my favorite places is the airport, where I spend many hours throughout the year and there is no better way to spend them than on my body and soul.
You will be healthier, you will be in much better physical condition and emotionally balanced.
Little to add, they are all proven facts.
Do not avoid the postures that you do not like, those are probably the ones you need the most or as necessary as others.
That is precisely why I like Ashtanga because it is a series in which nothing is left out. What you like the most or what you like the least. In addition, it includes forward, backward, side bends, and hand balancing.