As a yoga teacher, I obviously love it when students come to class. But I also love it when they develop a home practice as well, or complement the classes with relaxation, breathing and meditation exercises.
This page gathers together a few of the resources which I’ve created, or recommend, to encourage a home practice.
I now have so many Yoga Nidra recordings that it made more sense to give them their own page.
Home practice routines
I’ll be adding more of my own routines and practices to the site in the coming months. But in the meantime, here’s a routine for a regular home practice which I put together for a workshop a couple of years ago. If you’ve been to one of my classes, it will feel very familiar. If you haven’t, it will give you a taste of how I like to practice and teach.
Home practice videos
I’ve just set up a Wild Yoga youtube channel and I hope to be putting lots of content up there – home practice videos, yoga nidra relaxations, yoga philosophy, snippets of research – whatever seems right.
To start things off, I’m very excited to present my first video home practice guide. This is a 30 minute warm up routine which you can either do on its own or use as the start of a longer practice.
We’re still learning how to do videos, so comments and feedback are very welcome!
Other people’s videos
Personal practice is great, but it’s sometimes nice to let someone else work out what to do when on the mat at home. Between classes, or on holidays or when you’ve got a little time, or just because you’ve moved away and you can’t get along to class anymore, a yoga video can be very useful for anyone.
But a video can’t modify the practice for you, or check if you’re practicing safely. So use your inner wisdom, don’t be afraid to sit things out, and if you’re going into a tricky position or movement, consider stopping and watching the instruction first.
A good DVD for beginners, especially for male bodies or anyone who is stiffer but also quite strong, is J Brown’s Yoga DVD. It’s calm, precise, and safe. There may be times when down dog is not suitable for you; the fuller practices need strong shoulders, and it’s all a little straight lined and sensible. But there are practices on there for 7, 15, 30, 60 and 75 minutes; a good mix of moving and holding still, proper relaxation, and gentle, well-held instruction. I’ve stolen the way he takes you into tree pose by saying: “Be prepared to fall over with a smile.”
The 7 minute practice is on his YouTube channel.
Wild dancing yoginis and the yogis that love them will adore Shiva Rea’s classic ‘Trance Dance’. It’s free, wild, and you have to bring your own sense of safety with you. There may be times when you’ve no idea which limb is supposed to go where; you might tire of the rather Californian cosmic goddess worship, and you will definitely have moments of feeling silly. But you’ll never be bored, and depending on how much you put into it, you can have a practice that is gentle and soothing, or get really hot and energised. I’m going to steal yet more slinky moves to slip into our vinyasas. If you like the trailer below, you can buy it from Amazon and elsewhere.
Finally, the Womb Yoga gang have been busily working on a DVD! It’s not out yet, but they have been releasing all sorts of clips on their YouTube channel for you to practice. Just as you would expect, it’s gorgeous women of all kinds moving with grace and self-nurture, honouring themselves and the earth that births us.
Music to practice to
I’ve written about the importance of music to my practice and that article contains tracklistings for many of the mixes. I used to upload the mixes I use for classes and my own home practice onto 8tracks so you could use them for your own practice or just to listen to. Time and the internet moves on and 8tracks is closing down. So I’ve exported a few of the mixes to Spotify playlists.
These are some of the mixes which proved most popular on 8tracks. I have no idea why these were listened to disproportionately more than the others.