Bringing Your Yoga Practice Home

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | June 30th, 2008 | 4 Comments
topic: Yoga

Tree PoseWhen I went to Pune, India, I had seven years of arduous practice under my belt. It was 1987 and I was on my way to study yoga with the master himself B.K.S. Iyengar. I thought I was ready, but I was secretly worried about two basic postures: Reclined Hero’s Pose and Shoulderstand. Maybe I could hide in the corner or go to the bathroom when these poses were addressed. Fat chance! Geeta, Iyengar’s daughter, had me demonstrating Reclined Hero’s Pose on the first day. And B.K.S. Iyengar looked at me with massive disapproval during Shoulderstand. To my delight he manually adjusted my pose making it light and aligned.

Returning home, I realized he and his daughter had inspired me and shown me what was possible. But now it was up to me to recreate and rediscover the magic that had been revealed. Many years of home practice was the answer, going into my own body and asking it to be my teacher. Listening is the practice of yoga. Nothing replaces the home practice. It is a time when you can find your own rhythm, your own breath, your own revelations. It is where the genuine knowledge arises.

I was told early on that in science, when one invents something, everyone benefits and can utilize that invention; however, in spiritual practice you must discover the wheel on your own. Get on your mat. Colleen and I can inspire you, but you have to sweat your own prayers.


Cofounder of the Gaiam Yoga Club


  1. So true, ultimately it is always about our journey to awareness. There is nothing that is not us, so our journey although extremely personal, ultimately leads to a change in the universal energy.
    So by going within and finding our true selves we are blessing the rest of humanity with our lessons and our learnings. Thanks Rodney for reminding me, I needed that today.

    Helen | June 30th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  2. Excellent story. Thank you for sharing.
    I have been away form my practice for some time. Previously hip problems inspired me to purchase your videos and with much determination, I was able to get the strength and flexibility back in my pelvis.
    A huge move has got me all out of wack again. I put my name down for these posts as if I was casting a line. I am hoping to get a small television and DVD set up to start up with your programs again soon. I need that visual and auditory support.
    Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement. I am sure you are helping many people like me. Yours is more than a business. Your work is deeply appreciated.
    Peace and well being.

    Jamie Hume | July 9th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  3. “Bringing your yoga practice home”. Nice topic. When and How?.

    It is said that the right age for one to take to yoga is 14. I have also read in a journal a few months back that anyone above the age of 14 can start doing yoga asanas and to start with, the asanas are best learnt from an able and competent teacher.

    To me, 14 years of age seem to be a bit late in the life of one. Cannot a child start practicing yoga from the age of 8? . Tell me please. My view point is explained below.

    Almost all children till they are about 8 years old amuse themselves by running, romping and by a variety of outdoor and indoor games. For them sysstematic exercises are not necessary till the age of 8.

    When however, children start going to school,and confine themselves in the class rooms continuosly for hours together in the morning and for the same time in the afternoon and when the chubbiness of infancy begins to fade away from their body, and face in particular to gradually make way for their further body development, they must be made to take to some serious and methodical exercises regularly with a view to developing their body and mind. HERE COMES YOGA in achieving the development of their body and mind which one should atart from the young age of 8. To me Eight seems to be the right age for starting yoga

    Needless to add, it will be responsibility of the parents , guardians and school masters of the children to enforce yoga from their side as apart of physical exercise on their ward from the tender age of 8.

    Comments are welcome.


    T.S.SUNDARAM | August 30th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  4. One of the things that I blogged about today was the beauty of my body talking to me. I read about a pose, and then I get into position and at first I follow the directions given to me, but then what I find is that my attention takes a subtle shift from the external (book) to the internal (body), and then the dialog becomes something between my body and I.

    I’m so glad that I found your blog, because it will help me tremendously to see your thoughts on these sorts of things.


    Yoga Muser | October 16th, 2008 | Comment Permalink

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