As summer cools into the crispness of Autumn, in tandem with an increase in creativity and spirituality has arrived a need for personal practice. My Guerrilla Yoga practice has been excellent all summer with weekly outdoor yoga, but always with others, leading others in their practice. Also, I haven't felt comfortable spending 60$ a month for a weekly yoga class, so my guided practice has been relegated to Karma class each Thursday... which I just found out will be ending.
I keep reading and hearing from yogi/nis about deepening your personal practice. Exploring your body and soul in your own sacred space, with your own timing and Grace. These past few weeks, how I have been craving this quiet space to practice exactly how I would like. To hold downward dog for as many breaths as suits my body, to prepare my hips and sides before entering Triangle and to breathe.
Personal practice is a huge struggle for so many yogi/ni's, myself included. In a sense it was a weird life blurp that I had such traumatic yogic experiences and was forced to either give up yoga or practice at home for those two years we lived in Vernon. My personal practice became my only practice, so I HAD to make the time and space in our tiny, wolf-spider co-habitant, basement apartment. I learned so much about how MY body likes to practice. Without a voice to TELL me how to think and feel, I actually learned to focus on how I WAS feeling.
During our current financial craziness, personal practice also allows us to nurture our soul and yogi-spirit for free. Who can afford to attend even one weekly 16$ yoga class?? Seriously, I know yoga is a business for many, but this "consumer yoga" mentality has been a bit much lately. I'm trying to opt out of buy buy buy, and that includes buying a yoga class. Which fits nicely in nurturing my eco-yogic lifestyle. So many studios have yoga "stuff" for sale, clothing, mats, wipes, music, books, props and even jewelery. What ever happened to non-attachment? Nurturing a personal practice means connecting with my Sacred Self, not driving to class and spewing fumes and I'm less likely to buy.
I go through stages and seasons where personal practice is harder or easier depending on so many aspects of life. Right now is a perfect time for introspective practice as Andrew works until 7pm every night. That being said, I most certainly would love to increase my home practice times and am constantly thinking about it in vague terms. I'll practice more this week, this weekend etc etc. I figured there must be other yogi/nis out there that feel the same. Yogi/nis that struggle with similar (or not) obstacles in how to dedicate and create space for their own personal practice.
Finally, I spend my ENTIRE day brainstorming with parents on how to problem solve around creating a space and realistic goals around practicing. I have a zillion (ok, maybe that's a little exaggerated) strategies and ideas around how to create time, how to create space in order to practice. Perhaps that can help with a personal yoga practice? I know if we create a place for us to share ideas, frustrations and brainstorm we can each grow and feed our Sacred Self. Even if you have no idea where to start.
So, today I am dedicating each Monday, as Mondays are "Moondays" and I have an affinity for the moon, as Personal Practice post day. Since so many blogs (especially "eco" blogs) LOVE challenges, we could always refer to it as the personal practice challenge... but personally I DETEST challenges. I avoid all of them because of the pressure to follow through. Like a diet. SO- this is NOT a challenge. It is a "I am Nurturing my Sacred Space" ADVENTURE. I made this little bloggy-banner dealy that you can feel free to use if you so wish :) The only suggestions and desciption:
I will nurture my connection with my personal practice
I will allow myself much Grace
I will rejoice in my small steps on my Journey
My next step on my personal practice ADVENTURE: to have a solitary practice at home once a week.
Since this is the first little peep about this, I was thinking about "brainstorming" a bit tomorrow in a post. What do you think? What would help YOU take that next step in your Sacred Space Adventure? Finding time? Creating physical space? Figuring out just what the heck you're supposed to DO during this home practice stuff?
Blessings and I am PUMPED for the Adventure! :)