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    Creating your own Yoga Practice- Part 1.

    Creating your own Yoga Practice- Part 1.

    Is it time for you to begin a short practice that you create at home? Practicing in your own space and time is very useful between your formal classes. I share a few tips over a couple of posts.

    Note: This article

     Is written for people who have at least an introductory knowledge of yoga.  If you have never practiced, some terminology may be confusing.  I encourage you to continue your regular classes with your teachers as we all need to be guided and have the detailed instructions that only your teacher can provide.

    Yoga was never meant to an exercise class along the lines of kick-boxing and step aerobics.  Traditionally, a teacher  directly guided the students individual yoga practice. The exploration of Yoga with the teacher allowed individual goals to be set and followed, specific injuries or problem areas identified and asana modified accordingly.  In the modern world private classes are available, but often are costly and group classes may be convenient for all.  The great thing is that more people than ever before are experiencing yoga in their everyday lives , this is fantastic!  The essence of yoga is to draw one’s attention inward, towards the heart centre. To experience the complete power of yoga, both physically and spiritually, at some point one must face your mat alone.It is empowering!

    Starting a personal practice is not only for the experienced yoga devotee. Yoga students at all stages and levels of experience can include a short personal practice into their daily routine.

    How to Begin

    First, write a list of all the asanas (postures) that you know. It is OK if you know some names in English, some in Sanskrit and can’t quite remember the names of a few.  Just choose a word or two that you understand.

    Divide your asanas into the following categories:

    Postural Groupings.

    Standing postures bring strength and weight bearing to the body.

    Balancing strengthens the body and assists concentration of the mind.

    Kneeling postures work with a lowered centre of gravity.

    Sitting Postures focus on the pelvis the spine and the hip joints.

    Supine (lying on the back) postures re- aligns the spine and stretch of the abdomen, increases mobility of the spine hips and opens the groins.

    Prone (lying on the front) postures focus on the balance of lengthening the front and back body and maintaining the length of the spine and strengthen back muscles.

    Inverted postures revitalise the whole body and mind and improve concentration as legs are weight free, the internal organs are activated, and blood brought to the head.


    Body Positions

    Twists ease stiffness of the spine, strengthen back muscles, work into hip joints and massage internal organs.

    Forward bends  allow the spine to lengthen, mobilise pelvis and lengthen ham strings.  These postures also quiet the mind and calm the nervous system.

    Back bends  open the front of the body and strengthen the spine.  These postures have an energising effect on the mind and body.

    Side bends  stretch intercostal muscles between ribs which maximises lung capacity & lengthen the torso.


    Look over your list.  If you have a very long list and a small window of time for your practice, consider dividing your postures into two different sessions.  If you do this, divide them thematically, perhaps one day will focus on strength and another on balance or another on Flexibility.  For a complete practice try to include postures from every category everyday.

    More next post – Yoga is more than postures – Pranayama, meditation , relaxation as part of your personal practice.

     Private Yoga Sessions available with Liz. Bookings essential. $100 per/hr.



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  • Posted by Lesleigh on June 12, 2015, 5:11 pm

    Your site looks great I will keep having a look and look forward to your next post.
    Lesleigh camm Toowoomba IYTA

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    • Posted by Elizabeth on June 24, 2015, 3:03 pm
      in reply to Lesleigh

      Thanks Lesleigh, Appreciate you checking in with me. Hope all is well up in Toowoomba!

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  • Posted by Kris on June 21, 2015, 7:54 pm

    I was able to develop my own personal Yoga routine with Liz’s help. Her classes have a wonderful even flow, and leaves you refreshed and centred. There is almost zero risk of injury as variations are explained to suit all levels of flexibility. Thanks Liz!

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    • Posted by Elizabeth on June 24, 2015, 3:05 pm
      in reply to Kris

      Thanks so much for your feedback Kris. I love that you are so keen and dedicated to improve your practice slowly and are finding the classes safe and beneficial. See you in class soon.

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      • Posted by Kris on October 10, 2015, 6:28 am
        in reply to Elizabeth

        I took the opportunity in the term break to go on a juice cleanse (3 days) and started eating healthier. Also had a couple of massages to relieve the tight hamstrings. Found it easier thereafter with those asanas, though correcting posture at work is hard work and hamstrings seem to go back to old position!

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        • Posted by Kris on October 10, 2015, 6:32 am
          in reply to Kris

          Looking forward to your next Part II blog on personal practice, pranayama, meditation and relaxation.

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          • Posted by Elizabeth on October 29, 2015, 8:28 am
            in reply to Kris

            Yes Kris,
            I will post this very soon. Glad you are interested.

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        • Posted by Kris on October 10, 2015, 6:32 am
          in reply to Kris

          Looking forward to your next Part II blog on personal practice, pranayama, meditation and relaxation.

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        • Posted by Elizabeth on October 29, 2015, 8:29 am
          in reply to Kris

          Kris, Stretch the hamstrings as often as possible as they will tighten up very quickly. Massage is excellent too. Keep up your dedicated practice and see you soon in class.

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  • Posted by Zyni on June 1, 2016, 1:17 am

    Excellent! Quite informative please add me in your list.looking forward for next post.

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