The Key to Yoga Bliss? A Regular Home Practice

The benefits to practicing yoga are becoming more well known.  The list of yoga goodness ranges from the physical benefits of increased flexibility, coordination, and strength.  As well as mental/emotional  benefits including reduction of stress,  improvements of resilience, mood, and even relief from depression.  Some practitioners also report  a deepening in a spiritual connection.

Until recently, there has not been any hard scientific data to support these claims.  The journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports on the efficacy of all of the beneficial claims of practicing yoga.  The most amazing report I came across was entitled Frequency of Yoga Practice Predicts Health.  The conclusions drawn from this report are that “home practice of yoga predicted health better than years of practice or class frequency. Frequency of home practice appears to be very important—more important than how long an individual has been practicing or how many classes one takes.”

I’ve been a yoga teacher for over ten years now.  I’ve taught weekly classes, weekend workshops, as well as private one on one sessions.  Although I enjoy the energy and community of the weekly classes and workshops,  I have witnessed the greatest  transformations when I’ve worked with private clients to guide them through the process of creating a lifelong home practice.   By working one on one with clients, I am able to design home practices that addresses each client’s specific needs.  By addressing their specific needs and through establishing a daily practice, my private clients experience all the juicy, yoga goodness.  Once you begin to see the transformative effects of yoga, you are hooked! Yoga becomes a part of you and your practice becomes a daily habit.

If you’ve been going to regular yoga classes and are waiting to feel that yoga bliss, your key may be adding a daily home practice, one that resonates with you and addresses your own personal intentions.

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