Building your yoga practice

'Let’s do some DIY'.

Laying the foundations (feet, ankles & knees) erecting the walls (leg, hips and spinal column) and putting on the roof & chimney (shoulders, neck & head) so that we can live and work, breath and engage with life from a resilient and stable base (home).

There are many different ways to approach our yoga practice, but in my experience the first principles are:

A strong and aligned body, plus an intention to be present & committed to the work. These ingredients are paramount to experience the benefits of yoga and will allow us build from week to week and month to month a house that looks good from the outside and feels warm and cosy inside.

The first exposure to yoga is crucial. Most of us identify and define subjects so quickly -- we build an entire framework for our understanding of a subject sometimes within our first couple of classes.

Constantly observing, playing, evaluating and contemplating the building blocks of yoga forms a foundation for your exploration of yoga. These are three of the most important things to be aware of and practice when starting yoga, and they lead one into the other:

Read, ask and learn about what’s behind the poses. Learning about yoga philosophy paves the way for ideal alignment in the poses and deepens benefits you’ll reap from practicing yoga.

Strive for ideal alignment when learning and practicing yoga poses. The sacred geometry within the poses leads to maximum mind-body benefit and ease of breath.

Just breathe. Ease of breath is the doorstep to meditation, which brings steadiness of mind.

Steering a student in the beginning of this inquiry is paramount. Experienced teachers who comprehend the enormity of the subject of yoga can plant seeds of technique, philosophy, questions and ideas that will carry the student to a lifelong dialog with the mind, body, breath and spirit.