The summer is a wonderful time to kick-start your home practice. There’s a freshness to the energy, a pull towards getting out of the house and into the sunshine, and for many of us, our obligations loosen up a bit so we can enjoy the laidback feel of sweet summertime.
Outlining and completing a sadhana is a great way to focus on a specific intention, establish consistency, and instill the value and intention behind your home yoga practice while inviting in a summer-infused self-care ritual.
My view on sadhana is two-fold; sadhana refers to your home practice in Sanskrit but I use the word sadhana to differentiate a period of time to devote to a specific home practice that has an intention, various components that align with the chosen intention, and is a daily practice for a specific period of time with a start and end date.
When planning for a summer home yoga practice, consider the following tips:
1. Search deep for an intention, desire, and purpose and then carve your sadhana around it.
2. Settle on a duration that seems doable but also pushes you and breaks barriers while formulating new habits, think 21, 30, or 40 days.
3. Get clear around your practice time A (this one is ideal and what you shoot for) and B (this one means you need to drag your ass to the mat and make it happen). PS: you need to plan, plan, plan when you will practice otherwise life will come up.
4. Curate the content of your sadhana and don’t forget to include:
5. Customize your home practice and take it a step further by including
the use of:
6. Have a meaningful launch date.
7. Have a celebratory finish.
8. Keep track with reflections, journaling, and social media sharing.
9. Commit to doing your sadhana every single day, even if it means taking breaks that you’ve factored in to focus on a restorative pose, a pranayama exercise, or a 10-minute meditation.
Over to you, what elements are a MUST when designing your spring time self-practice? Any of the above have you saying, YES!?
Kate Connell is a passionate curator of at-home practitioners and a mentor for yoga teachers looking to master the art of teaching private yoga lessons and create a business that they adore. Her niched private yoga teacher training debuts this Fall over on youandtheyogamat.com. Sign up for the Mat Mate, a free weekly newsletter packed with tips and tricks to create and sustain a home yoga practice that you adore.
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