Originally Posted by holyhelianthus
Thanks for starting this!
I was wondering if anyone would like to share what their yoga routine looks like. Do you have a set time of practice? Do you plan out what it is you will be doing or just go with the flow with it? etc etc
I don't have a set time I do it - but what I have done (a little sneaky on my part...) since I taught that class at my school, now I know where the yoga mats are (owned by the Phys. Ed. Dept., although totally not in use right now - they have a whole class set.) So I've been locking my door and putting up Do Not Disturb, and doing yoga in my classroom after school is out!!! This is if I know we have dinner plans or something. Otherwise, yeah, it happens after DS is in bed. Which keeps me awake a bit, so I'd really like to grow enough to do a morning practice - wouldn't my days be awesome!
The home practice thing, this is why I looked into Ashtanga, even though I have a background in Iyengar, and they are so different. In Ashtanga, the series was designed by K. Patthabi Jois, and there's two sun salutes, a standing sequence, a primary, intermediate, and advanced series (seated type poses - some are quite difficult) and a final sequence, ending with sivasana. All are set - the idea is that you memorize the series, so that yoga is available to you at all times in all locations. You are not dependent on a class or instructor (although you would, theoretically, learn from an instructor and then go your merry way to teach others, not from a book. But the world we live in...)
So I bought an Ashtanga book (this one) and am working from it to memorize the series. This particular book is good because he designed his own "short forms" that are 15, 30, and 45 minutes in length, which makes it more accesible (the whole series takes a few hours, I assume. Even if I only did the salutes, standing sequence, primary and final sequence, it'd be like, two hours for me. Besides, I can't do many of the intermediate poses - feet behind the head, etc. Also he gives awesome modification pics, so I feel like when my practice is strong enough, I can try them).
Another good option is the Yoga Journal website which has a sequence builder and a pose database. I use this if A. I don't feel like doing a flowing Vinyasa practice, or B. I want to focus on a particular area (you can sort by anatomical focus, etc). And sometimes I just design my own practice because I'm feeling in tune to myself and it works out.
Here is something great from that Ashtanga book from Swenson. He writes about how it's better to just practice, than worry about doing something the "official right way." Do what feels right to you. He says (not a direct quote - my paraphrase):
I have never regretted a practice. There have been days where I regretted not practicing, but I've never regretted doing a practice, no matter how abbreviated.