Have you established a home practice yet? No? Let me tell you why this is a great idea and what helps to set it up. It’s so much more than just move and stretch your muscles! Commitment to a home practice – ideally 6 days a week (I know…!) is a commitment to self-discipline and part of a transformation into a healthy body and mind. It will be the start of something great, it will change you. And yes, the difficult part is showing up on the mat. The easy part is, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing and how long, as long as you’re practicing. Even this will change over time!
First things first – why it’s so damn good for you
- You will develop a personal discipline, which won’t stop at your mat, but support you in all parts of your life
- You will create a healthy habit, which might make you more aware of health in general
- It will allow you to tune and play your own instrument: the body
- It will soothe your soul, feed your spirit and make you a more efficient practitioner in the world
- You will learn and appreciate to be alone
Bring it on – how you will succeed
- Set a fix time that suits your daily schedule. Even if morning first thing is most efficient and recommended, it has to fit into your life so you can stick to it. Of course it can be different during the week and on the weekends! Whatever works for you.
- Create an inspiring surrounding – if you have a spare room, decorate it to feel good there. If not, no problem at all, make it nice wherever you enroll your mat. Maybe a nice view out, you might want to light a candle, turn music on, diffuse essential oils, whatever it is that makes it inspiring for you, will make it easier.
- Be committed to show up, no matter how long. Start easy. Define how many times a week and go from there. Even if everything inside tells you no no no, not today! Roll out your mat and practice.
- There might be days you just sit down to breathe for 5 minutes. Alternatively, a 10 minutes meditation, maybe a 60 minutes asana practice. That’s great, job done.
Take it easy, but stick to your commitment! It is a huge step, but so worth it…. Go for it yogi! Remember, you don’t have to start at 100%, a step by step approach will help to slowly get used to it. Whenever you don’t manage to stick to your commitment, notice how this feels. Laugh and call it a day, you’re not supposed to be wonderwoman or superman 🙂
I’ve got you covered — how about a private session? For a best friend, for yourself or both of you?
Make giving meaningful — a Reiki treatment is a great option for experiencing a deep relaxation while the self-healing capabilities will get a major boost. Read more about it here.
A yoga private session is the best way to learn and deepen your practice. No matter what your friends’ and your practice look like right now, be it group classes in a studio, home practice or if new to yoga, a private class will make a difference. It will be tailor made for you, meaning you decide if it’s about receiving adjustments to improve postures, learn something about the yoga philosophy, breathing techniques, meditation, better adapt your practice to your needs, or get a smooth start into it all.
Are you new to yoga? Read here how to get started.
Make a difference! A present like this will be beneficial for body and mind and it’ll be fun! Let’s have a chat, I’ll be happy to design a beautiful e-card for you.
Done!!! I couldn’t feel more grateful – what a journey, what a week! Very intense, same time easy flowing. Flow is the right term, everything at the right time. No forcing, no judging. We just did it. Calm, peaceful, with a huge portion of passion. Great practice, touching ceremonies, yoga, breathwork, meditation, mindfulness.
But the best part was to share all this with stunning souls. Everyone so different, everyone in the same groove.
Thank you universe for giving me the courage to host my own yoga retreat. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done and I’m pretty sure, I will do it again!
Bali bliss to all you babes out there, keep on rocking, realize your dreams, fuck the doubts ✌️
I’m working on the Yin classes for our retreat next year — and I’m happy to give a hint on what to expect:
Next to the Ashtanga or Vinyasa classes in the morning, we will practice Yin Yoga in the evenings, which means we will go into the postures and hold them for several minutes. Our focus will be on our breath while we will strengthen the mobility of the joints and stretch the deeper muscles, the connective tissues and fascia. The meridian systems will be stimulated and inner organs massaged.
Each class will focus on one of the five elements — wood, fire, earth, metal and water. We will learn about the relating organs as well as the assigned emotions. No worries, we won’t go to much into the theory, but experience it!
Each class will have an introducing meditation and/or breathing sequence to prepare us for the calming, but intense practice.
I’m so looking forward to seeing you there! Get the details here and contact me for any questions!
Sometimes, it doesn’t need much, a moment for yourself, just some minutes me-time. Calm down, release, recharge and most important: establish a deep connection and feel yourself.
Take a moment, sit down. If possible on the floor, cross legged. Lengthen your spine, close your eyes. Bring your awareness to your breath. Allow your breath to be audible. Listen. Feel. Slow and deep belly breaths. Now make your exhales longer than your inhales.
Continue. While listening to your breath, recognize the messages your body is sending. Start with your brain. Bring your awareness into the center of your brain. And soften. Recognize how same time your face softens. Your forehead, your jaw.
There might be other parts of your body claiming ‚here please‘! Bring your awareness to each section. Maybe your hips, your knees, your feet. Sit still, don’t move, keep your position. Only your awareness wanders. Allow this particular region to release. To soften. Any stiffness or tension will immediately disappear. Your body will thank you.
When you’re ready, close with sitting one more minute in stillness. Take a deep inhale and exhale, before you open your eyes.
Some minutes to get in contact with yourself. Some minutes of self-care. Some minutes of precious nourishment. Because you deserve it.