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How to Start a Home Yoga Practice

Did you know yoga was designed to be taught one-on-one? Not in classroom settings?The reason? Yoga is individual. Not everybody’s body is the same. Not everyone needs the same thing.While launching a home yoga practice is a great way to advance your practice—and a huge time saver—it’s no easy task!One of the fastest ways to launch your home practice is to do a yoga teacher training. I can’t speak for other programs, but I know in mine everyone is encouraged and expected to develop one. Though it’s challenging while in process, many graduates thank me years later.

For years before I opened the first dedicated yoga studio in Columbus, I practiced alone at home. There simply wasn’t anywhere else to go or take class. There were a few things that really worked to get me going.

So hear are some of the ground breaking tips we teach in the training on how to start a home yoga practice.

Tip #1:
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a home practice. Start with something small and realistic. You wouldn’t run a marathon cold turkey.Tips #2:Set a daily practice time, even if it’s only 15 minutes—and keep it. Even if you take classes, there’s no substitute for a personal home practice. Your home practice will teach you to listen very closely to your body and what it needs. Even if all you do is sit on your mat for the 15 minutes, you’re making progress. Choose a time that works every day. My favorite is 6am. I get the most important—and possibly most difficult thing—done before my work day begins. And, I feel like a million bucks.Enjoying learning these tips?

If so, it may be time to consider enrolling in my Yoga Teacher Training Program. In it, you’ll learn mat skill secrets to advance your practice and much more. Our next program starts soon and applications are being accepted now.Love and brilliance,

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How do You Find Balance?

Have you ever found yourself struggling to balance in high lunge or triangle pose?

It seems ridiculous that with two feet on the ground, our balance would be compromised. But I see it all the time in my students and clients.

So how do you find balance? It starts by finding your center, physically and figuratively.

Tip #1:

Build the pose from the ground up, just like you’d build a skyscraper. Make sure the weight bearing parts (foundation) are properly set. Feet not too close or too far apart. If you’re in a pose where the front leg is bent, step the feet far enough apart that the front leg can bend 90 degrees.

Tip #2:

Unplug the pose by putting your hands on hips or on the floor or blocks so you can support yourself and easily move your feet precisely to where you want them. This is critical. If you are stepped to wide, you’ll get exhausted quickly; stepped too close and you will teeter.

Enjoying learning these tips?

If so, it may be time to consider enrolling in my Yoga Teacher Training Program. In it, you’ll learn mat skill secrets to advance your practice and much more. Our next program starts soon and applications are being accepted now.

Love and Brilliance,

 

Laurel Signature

You Are What You Think 

Laurel hodory yoga teacher trainingHow much time each day do you spending thinking?

How about feeling and sensing?

I’m guessing you spend a large percentage of your day thinking and very little feeling and sensing.  That creates an imbalance.

If thinking dominates, then whatever dominates your thoughts pervades Consciousness. And according to the yoga teachings, what dominates Consciousness expresses as physical form.

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Choose how you “spend” your time and attention.  Little by little, start to increase the amount of time you spend sensing and feeling into your body.  Give your mind a vacation.

You will be amazed at the payoff—-feeling great!

If you’re ready to get started, click here and get your free Magic 5 Meditation now. And let’s start banking your attention on feeling great!

Love and light,
Laurel Hodory yoga teacher training