The Power of One Pose
In Iyengar Yoga we encourage our students to build a home practice over time. We offer many suggestions in class as well as on our Yoga North website as to how to start however for many people the task seems daunting.
- A RANGE OF POSSIBILITIES
• Practice what you remember from class
• Use one of the practices on Yoga North’s website. Click here to view practices.
• Use one of the many Iyengar books available through our library or in our yoga shop.
- OR…PRACTICE JUST ONE POSE
When my schedule is really busy but I know I need to allow my body and mind to rest, sometimes I practice just one pose. Recently when I was harvesting my garden and processing the bounty, I was on my feet a lot. That week I started each practice with Viparita Karani (legs up the wall with a bolster behind the waist). After being in that pose for 5-15 minutes sometimes that allowed enough recovery in my body and my mind to continue my practice, at other times that was my practice.ORTake one pose that is somewhat tough for you-which often means your body needs that pose! Perhaps a pose like Virasana (hero’s pose) or Supta Virasana (reclined Hero’s pose)
- THE BENEFITS…
*You will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of these poses which will allow you to progress more in class.
*You have a tool you can use at home to find relief from physical or emotional fatigue, stiff hips, shoulders or neck issues as an example.
*You develop a deeper understanding of your body, mind and self.