Recently during one of my Hatha Yoga classes, one of my yoga instructors talked about the asana and the importance of doing yoga on your own or self-practice. I found it extremely useful to have that discussion on that topic because, by tendency, I rely too much on assisting to the classes instead of practicing on my own.
Interestingly enough, I was away for a month at the Hermitage Island of Naitauba in Fiji where I went for a service retreat. As part of the morning routine, while you are on the retreat, there is time for yoga. However, it’s not guided by anyone, so I had the opportunity of doing the yoga practice on my own. It was ecstatic because I really wanted to challenge myself to do a yoga routine every day. I took one day off though as I felt that was necessary.
It was truly about discipline and listening to my body for what it needed each day as I began each yoga session, and after each one, I felt very energized and strong which was extremely helpful in meditation and in performing my service there.
Since I have been back, I have tried to practice whenever I don’t go to class. I find that doing yoga on my own has also helped me to feel more confident about teaching yoga classes soon. It’s my next challenge and with the self-practice, I can get creative trying different routines. It’s fun!