October 6, 2012

5 Excuses Not to Practice at Home.

5  Excuses Busted

1. I don’t have time.

There are times in life where you feel swamped and you don’t think you have time. But these are generally the times you need to practice the most. You don’t have to spend more than 10 minutes practicing. Set an alarm, do 10 minutes on your mat, and walk away.

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say “I don’t want to.” ~ Lao Tzu

2. I start, and then I don’t know what I am doing, and give up.

Self-practice is not about mimicking your teachers hour long session. Choose a short and digestible amount—be it your own short sequence or a something specific your teacher has set for you, and do 10 minutes. If you feel lost, simplify and slowly rebuild. Chances are it’s your brain getting in the way. It’s a physical thing, so don’t intellectualize it. Move. Feel and breathe. That is all.

 3. I can just go to a class.

Yes, you can, and classes are valuable. But the best relationships in life are reciprocal—your teacher teaches you, and you practice. Through self-practice you digest what you have done in class, and meet and overcome new blockages. This is an invaluable and necessary step forward if you want to truly dig into your yoga practice.

A short daily practice is better than a one-hour long practice in a week. It’s like brushing your teeth, and it is the continuity that will start to inform your practice and other aspects of your life.

4. I don’t get the same buzz out of self-practice as a class.

What motivates you about the class? Practicing in a space designated for classes is a real treat. Plus, you can really be energized and inspired by your fellow students. But in my experience, if you truly get hooked into yoga practice, self-practice is where you are headed. The dialogue you have with your self in your own space is so enlightening, and feeds the class next time you go. You will get infinitely more out of class if it is balanced with home practice.

Am I selling it?


5. It’s too hard.

Nothing that is worth having in life comes easily. If it were easy, would you be so interested? So, go for it—you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Start your self-practice today!

With huge thanks to my teacher Jonathan Monks who showed me the way to daily self practice. 



~ Editor: Nikki Di Virgilio

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Rita Jul 17, 2013 1:58pm

Love this article! I felt something missing in my practice even though I was practicing often at my studio. My home practice keeps me centered emotionally and spiritually. I still enjoy the group energy though when I go to practice at the studio. The balance of the two has proved to be very fulfilling for me on and off the mat.

Mike Oct 13, 2012 11:58am

So true Carly, I have a little practice that I do most days and don't actually think of it as yoga any more, its just my daily routine for good health, but incorporating it into my day is never a chore as I love it so much. We even take our yoga mats on holiday with us and practice every day even while away as to both of us holiday and yoga are synonymous with enjoyment and good health.

With huge thanks to you for making me love a form of 'exercise' which has turned into a way of life. I only wish I had discovered yoga sooner!

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Carly Mountain

Carly Mountain is a teacher and student of yoga. She teaches from her studio Yoga Boutique Sheffield in Yorkshire, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. From a creative background, Carly has studied a wealth of movement practices. But it is yoga that has really unraveled her. “Through daily practice we begin to realise there is nothing to add but plenty to drop. In teaching I aim to nurture, show and inspire people to dare to move, feel, share, laugh, sometimes fall over. Why not!?…we are only here for a short time. And I am celebrating!” Carly loves marrying together words and pictures, for more info you can connect with Carly on Facebook, Twitter or via her website.