What is enough in Yoga practice?
For me it is about finding balance physical asana practice and the rest. Too much practice is counter productive, my body needs time to recover. I do not need to do all the poses in the series to feel good, listening to my energy levels and body’s responses will help. How to do that?
This is my personal learning and discovery. When I feel that my body is not responding to the instructions given by my mind/brain, then I know that I have been doing too much and need rest or restorative approach. When the instructions are not flowing through my body as needed, I know that I have not practiced the pose or transition the needed repetition or I’m repeating same thing over and over again, and need a change. When my muscles shake or resist in a pose, I know that I am using too much force to get to the pose, or I should modify the pose to give my body a different impulse and learn something new. Sometimes it is about giving the pose time, sometimes is is about the pose a change by trying a different approach physically or mentally. Modifying the personal Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice according to my needs is the key for keeping up with the practice safely and continuosly.
The practice is not about perfect asanas, but learning about the connection between mind, body and soul. So give yourself a change to connect and search, avoid pulling and pushing to the limits. Allow yourself to let go of expectations and wants, and go with the flow – it will teach you so much more than just the pose.
The It’s Yoga Philosophy gives room for creativity and exlploration. Use it together with function over form and you are on your way. Find the balance between active practice and restoring and relaxing. For some it’s taking several days off in a month, and for some taking one week a day is enough. But the most important part is in the practice, finding your potential, finding what works for you, finding Yin and Yang in Your practice.
I am now taking this learning into my workshops in Rocket ABC and 302 Course in Teacher Training, and most importantly to daily Yoga Classes at It’s Yoga Helsinki.