It’s a very different feeling creating your own yoga session than it is showing up for a yoga class. In my 20 years of yoga practice, I’ve gone through periods of knowing that I needed the structure and guidance of another yoga teacher and other times when I was able to go much deeper into my own yoga practice by going solo.
The difficulties of practicing on your own include obvious ones like being aware of timing and tracking how many rounds of the sun salute you’ve already finished, and on which side? Then there’s the trickier obstacles, like your mind telling you to skip your least favorite poses, or doing just enough to get through a set routine without being aware of how your body is responding differently from day to day.
But there is also the potential for finding much more creativity in your daily practice during a solo yoga session. Although I stick with a general sequence of movement, I am more likely to move intuitively from one yoga pose to another. I start understanding what “spontaneous asanas” might feel like. It’s the amazing ability of your body knowing which part needs awakening and how it connects to all other parts. It’s not quite dancing, which is a response to music.
It’s more a moving meditation.