This post provides a sequence that covers all the basic categories of poses and can be done by most with a minimal use of props – to help keep you in touch with your yoga practice over the holiday period.
It is easy for us to let go of our practice during this time of the year due to a busier social calendar, going on holidays, and the urge to just let everything go at the end of a busy year.
At the same time, if you are able to maintain your practice, it helps to forge you into a consistent routine throughout the rest of the year.
The following is a basic sequence of 14 postures that could be done in 30 minutes or extended out for a longer period depending on time availability.
If you are short on time you could do just one adho mukha svanasana (dog pose) at the beginning of the sequence.
Those with more experience (and more time) could add sirsasana (headstand) in the beginning, after adho mukha svanasana (dog pose); or after the standing poses and before the sitting poses; or at the end before setu bandha sarvangasana. If you have the props to allow you to perform sarvangasana (shoulderstand), this could be taken instead of, or as well as, setu bandha sarvangasana.
Having an array of props at your disposal, although not necessary, can make your practice more inviting. They can be purchased fairly inexpensively here.
Practice can be done at any time, although it is better if your stomach is not full. Mornings are a good time because you are less likely to be distracted, although if you are a little stiffer you may find that your practice comes better in the afternoons when the body is more limber.
The most important thing about doing a home practice is not what poses you do, how basic or advanced they are, nor even for how long you practice. Don’t be whimsical about it or ‘hope’ that you will make an attempt to practice. It is most important to set an intention to practice, put aside some time in your day to devote to it, and be definite about it.