Most of us can't head off to an ashram for two or three months. We are householders, with lives and commitments that keep us 'in the city', and that's where we need to learn to practise yoga.
It's taken me quite awhile to get to the point of practising every day, but for the past year I have been doing a combination of yoga/meditation. As a result of the intensive I plan to make some changes.
|bhujangasana (cobra pose)|
I'm toying with the idea of switching up pranayama with the sitting meditation I'm doing, but I'm really attached to my Buddhist meditation (ha ha - buddhists are supposed to practise non attachment). I'll have to thnk more about how I incorporate more pranayama into my routine.
Last but not least, something I have told myself at least once before... and that is to include a conscious savasana (corpse pose) at the end of asana practise. B.K.S. Iyengar commented that this asana is the hardest to properly master. It takes some discipline, because at that point the session seems finished and it is time to run off to the next part of the day. Someone at the workshop said something that stuck with me, "I do savasana when I lie down to go to sleep at the end of each day. This pose will be the last pose I ever do in this life, and it will lead me to what lies beyond." These insights will help me bring new awareness to savasana.
illustration of savasana