So, you’re starting a home practice. Bravo! Brava!
It’s like bringing home your lover, a bit. There’s so much to be excited about, so much you know could change, so much you want to know… But then there are these little practical puzzles that can become obstacles.
I remember when I first started practicing from a book. It would say to hold a pose for a minute or three or a half. Well, particularly when you’re doing something new, your whole relationship to time changes. And the sensations can be so intense! And it’s so easy to forget what the teacher’s always there to remind: Come back to your breath.
So here’s what I did, and it remains a touchstone, like a grownup version of a blanket. I timed my breathing. Turns out that I usually breathe 15 times (thats one in, one out = one time) a minute. It doesn’t change much. Unless I’m straining or really relaxed. So now, when I want to hold a pose or pace myself, or make sure I hold one side as long as another, I count my breaths. It has the wonderful side effect of awareness and calming. Try it!
And kudos to you for doing yoga at home, at work, at the park, on your break! Remember, yoga IS love, truth, beauty; here, now. Claim it!