Greetings Yoga Teachers and Yoga Practitioners,
Do you get bored with teaching or practicing the same yoga sequences day after day? This can effect our enthusiasm for yoga and after a while our interest will dwindle. Yoga is a practice we want to sustain throughout our lives. It brings us youth, vitality, and a pathway to the divine and the universe. The universal energy yoga connects us to is seminal to our growth as human beings, so we want to continue to evolve our practice and our approach.
As yogis, we study and practice many styles of yoga which is helpful and necessary when first encounter yoga, Long term, however, we need to find out own yoga. After several years, we need to ask ourselves why we practice. The answer we get will lead us to a practice that is unique to us as spiritual beings. Ultimately, yoga is about the individual. Below are 5 Steps to Designing a Creative Yoga Practice. Hopefully, it will lead you to new sequences that will lead to soul expression and inspire others.
5 Steps to Designing a Creative Yoga Practice
You will need a pen and paper or set up the video on your phone. If you're using video start recording. This will give you invaluable information about your practice. How long should you practice? Until you feel complete or there is nothing more you need to explore at the moment.
1) Sit in meditation before you move- Too often we jump right to movement. Give yourself the space to release linear thoughts about how you should move. Remember that you're exploring and there are no rules. You want to access the body, not the mind.
2) Begin to move in seated postures- If side bends feel right, do them with confidence and purpose. If you are draw to start with twists do that. Remember you are accessing your organic relationship to yoga and every relationship is unique. At this point the thinking mind will come in and tell you you should be doing a different pose or you're being lazy. Keep going! Keep going until your seated work feels complete.
3) After you have finished your seated postures sit quietly and listen- If you're not using video write down the postures. Check in with your body and acknowledge how you feel. This will help you to familiarize yourself with your organic practice from the inside. That is the sensation you are after. It has a different feel from following a predetermined sequence.
4) Be creative with your transitions- Let your transitions come from the body. If you do this it will feel fluid and balanced. Approach your standing sequence the same way you did your seated postures. If beginning with balances do them with the confidence that these are the poses you need to be doing. For example, you may transition from tree balance into a squat then come up and do the other side.
5) Do Savasana- Dead Man's pose is a skill and a lost art. It is for relaxation but it is also for integration of our practice so that we reap the benefits of our organic movement. If you are a teacher, more confidence you develop in your organic practice you will feel comfortable in leading others' in the same direction.
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Carmela Cattuti is a long time yogi, painter, and writer. She has taught in many venues and every age group. She is interested in helping yogis achieve a sustainable practice that lead to vibrant health and longevity. She does FREE trainings in her facebook page www.facebook.com/carmelacattuticreative.