Why is Home Practice Such a Sh*t Show?

Midwest, are you in the house? East Coast, are you in the house?

Here in Colorado it’s freezing outside and I cancelled a yoga class because no one showed up. I’m sure everyone is practicing at home, right?


You have a mat. You presumably have a 72” space where to put your mat. You have a body and if you listen to it, you have a teacher. So why is home practice so difficult?

I get it. I’ve been teaching for more than a decade and I still have a hard time getting on my own mat at home. I’ve narrowed it down to ten reasons why this is hard.

Top Ten Reasons Why Home Practice is Hard

10. The dog. Or the cat. Even the goldfish wants attention when you practice. Ignore them. Or, consider playing with them your “yoga” for the day.

Down Dog with Dog

9. The children. See pets above.

8. The laundry. Multi-tasking does not work. Yoga only works if you give your practice your full attention. This is my best advice: All that stuff on your To-Do list will still be there in an hour. Isn’t it good to know that some things don’t change?

7. You can’t find your mat. Look under the bed.

6. Instagram. Looking at all those people doing yoga counts for a practice, right?

5. The rest of social media. I know you don’t look at this stuff, and then poof, the day is gone.

4. A couch, a cup of tea and a good book. This is my excuse.

3. You don’t have a puja. A puja is a space that’s dedicated to your practice. Some people make a small table with mementos of loved ones and gods and goddesses to whom you offer your work. I don’t have a puja, or a sophisticated HVAC, or a gong to wake me up from Savasana. That’s my excuse.

2. You don’t know where to begin. Have you heard of Down Dog? Child’s Pose? Standing still? Sitting still? Those are good places to begin.

1. And the number one reason why home practice is a shit show? Because you’re at home silly. So, put on your boots and come to class. That is all.

Michelle Marchildon is the Yogi Muse. She is the author of three books on yoga, most of them probably non-essential in a government shut down. You can find her at www.MichelleMarchildon.com, or wherever books are sold, like Amazon.

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