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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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynda Schoberth
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 22:19:33

    Hi Lisa, My name is Lynda Schoberth and my friend Kim Parks had thought I might want to reach out to you. Well, many months passed, i lost your info, and voila, under stuff, I came across your name and website just now. I love your blog!

    I opened Bleu Lotus Yoga last September and just wanted to see if you ever would be interested in coming out for a comp class. Also, Perhap you might be interested in meeting me to chat about the future of yoga in Duneland!

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    • lisajoesten
      Mar 26, 2014 @ 19:32:36

      Hi Lynda,
      Congratulations on the opening of your studio. I am always interested in chatting about yoga! My journey has shifted to focusing on children. I teach yoga to our special needs students at Yost Elementary as well as other groups of students. In addition to yoga, I’m broadening my teaching to mindfulness. I’m currently working with area educators to bring mindfulness into the classroom, which will include some yoga. I would certainly be interested in getting together sometime to discuss yoga in our area. Thanks for reaching out!

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      • Lynda Schoberth
        Apr 27, 2014 @ 13:04:43

        Hi Lisa,

        Just wanted to follow up with you! I was wondering… I have a large kids yoga (16 girls) class on thursday’s from 5:15 – 6:15 and wanted to know if you might be interested in coming to talk about mindfulness to them for a bit during class sometime? Just a thought! Still would like to hook up with you sometime. I know its pretty busy for most during spring, so if it doesn’t work out now, maybe we can hook up this summer?

        Best, Lynda

        Lynda Schoberth lynda@bleulotusyoga.com http://www.bleulotusyoga.com 219-299-YOGA

      • lisajoesten
        Apr 27, 2014 @ 14:43:41

        I’d love to! What is the age range of your group? I am available Thursday, May 15th. Does that work for you? Thanks for thinking of me!

      • Lynda Schoberth
        Apr 27, 2014 @ 18:33:42

        Great! Their ages are from 7 to 11, with the average of 9 years old. Can you email me a short description so I can let parents know of our special guest? How long would you like? Our class is only 1 hour, so would around 30 minutes work? Or, do you need more?

        Lynda Schoberth lynda@bleulotusyoga.com http://www.bleulotusyoga.com 219-299-YOGA

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