There are many reasons we do yoga at home, including the freedom to do all the things we probably couldn't (or shouldn't) do in a yoga class!
Today the funniest thing happened… I ‘forgot’ to do 4 poses! As I got to #24 in my usual sequence I thought "hang on… I don’t remember doing cobra (#16)". As it turned out I hadn’t done locust (#17), full locust (#18) or bow pose (#19) either. THAT wouldn’t happen in a yoga class!
So I wondered what might be some other things that we do at home but we wouldn't normally do in a class. You could also try these in your yoga class just to see what happens (disclaimer: I take no responsibility if you do)...
#1 Forgetting A Whole Range of Poses
Yup... in a yoga class your teacher will be right there keeping you on track. Next!
#2 Make Footprints in Your Yoga Mat
I love doing this! If you have one of those memory foam yoga mats you can walk around making footprints in your mat too!
#3 Practice In Your Underwear
One of the advantages of home yoga is that you don't need to worry about what to wear - you can practice in your underwear if you want to.
#4 Practice Naked
Well it was the next logical step ... you don't even need underwear, you can practice naked if you like. If you DO see this in a yoga class you have probably strayed into your local naturist society - before you begin check that it really IS a yoga class!
#5 Wherever You Be Let Your Wind Go Free
(Thank you to my late friend Lyn for that beautiful expression) When you practice at home you don't need to worry about any embarrassing bottom noises when you're in wind-relieving pose (or any other pose for that matter)! You are free to let your body function as it was meant to, without suppressing anything!
#6 Scream, Shout, Sing!
On the subject of noise... while the purpose of yoga is settling the mind into silence, sometimes a cathartic release can help. If you're having a frustrating time, at least at home you have the freedom to scream, shout, sing, and release your frustration in any way you so choose!
#7 Go To Sleep
If (like me) you practice first thing in the morning... then it won't be long before you figure out that by NOT doing yoga you can roll over and go back to sleep for another hour or so.... (You could call this the yoga of sleep or something).
Actually you do sometimes see this at the end of a class is someone nods off in corpse pose.
You don't see much meditation happening in yoga classes and even when you do it's only for short periods. One of the biggest advantages of practicing yoga at home is that at the end of your practice you can settle into a meditation for longer periods of time without having to pack up and leave!
Well this post started as a bit of fun but I'm serious about the meditation - that's the best bit!
What are some of the things you love to do in your home yoga practice that you couldn't (or wouldn't) do in a class? Let me know in the comments below!