Mona teaches Ayurvedic Yoga at the Janati Yoga School in Kingston Ontario, where she lives with her wonderful husband, their enthusiastic dog, and ninja kitten. When she’s not teaching, practicing or talking about yoga, you might find her enjoying a good meal, kayaking, climbing a mountain in Ireland, or zip-lining over a forest in Costa Rica, Roatan, or Whistler BC.
Supporting a home practice
A few weeks ago a student approached me looking for support in her home practice. I was thrilled that she wanted to grow her home practice! My yoga practice began as a home practice using VHS tapes (yep… i wrote VHS. DVDs did not even exist back then). A home practice is a wonderful complement to an in-class practice with a teacher (which is very important), and mine continues to support me very well, especially during busy times when it is challenging to get to class.
I was happy to share that we have an audio store on our website, filled with recorded classes of different styles (yin, ayurvedic, yoga nidra) and different lengths (15min to 90 mins). There is also a free class download for anyone who wants to try it – it’s the class we did as a fundraiser for Kingston Animal Rescue last summer. It’s a 60min all levels Ayurvedic yoga class with a beautiful live music serenade at the end 🙂 You can download the class here: https://janatiyoga.com/ms_song/karma/
It can be challenging to know where to start a home practice… Which poses? How long? What if I don’t remember? My belief is that any effort towards practice has rewards – even 3 mindful breaths can change the way we think, interpret and feel during our day. Do what you remember, do what feels good, and if you aren’t sure you can always use a recording, an online video, or DVD. Most importantly – practice 😉