Five Tips to Master Your Home Practice

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Let’s get real. Practicing at home is not the same as practicing inside of the studio. 

Am I right? There is a high dependability on ourselves to get on our mat and get a full practice that our body desires. There are no heat panels, no high fives and no teachers looking at you to make sure you stay in the pose. 

We do offer zoom practices that gives us more interaction, but there is still a high level of self-accountability during the practice. I mean, you can turn the screen off if you really want to answer that nagging text that is coming through your phone. Please don’t tell our teachers that you are doing that!!! 

It is different practicing at home AND I will challenge that this time that we have to practice on our own will make us even better studio practitioners. When do you ever fully depend on yourself to do things? Do you let yourself off the hook easier than you do others? I know I do. 

This leads me to some tips that I have found that have helped me become the master of my home practice. I am excited to share them with you.

  1. Give Support, Get Support
    Just like in the studio, we recommend a little help from your friends (aka blocks and straps) to reach the peak of each pose and to create true north alignment throughout your practice.  We have blocks and straps for sale through the studio. Email alan@freetobepoweryoga.com to place an order and set up a pick up time. As a blog reader, you get 15% off your order. You can also get creative in your house and use water bottles, canned vegetables or books for blocks. For a yoga strap, try a tote, reusable grocery bag or a dog leash! 

  1. Build an Inner Fire 
    I know we miss the heat panels and the guaranteed-dripping-wet-wringing-your-yogitoes-out practice that Free To Be offers. I am here to tell you that you CAN create heat at home! Hug the pit of your belly in and up, and focus on your core to fire up your practice. Stay committed to ujjayi breath. The friction of the air passing through the lungs and throat generates internal body heat. It is similar to a massage for the internal organs; as the core becomes warm from the inside, the body becomes prepared for the asana practice. You can also crank the heat up in your house or turn off the AC. Honestly, in NOLA, outside = sweaty practice. No heat panels required. 

  1. Give up What You Must 
    Does this dialogue sound familiar? I don’t have enough time.  My kids need me. The dogs are barking. My house is a mess. I should be doing something else. It’s not hot enough in here. Honestly, this conversation is on repeat when I start practicing. But I have learned to let them go. All the things that need to get done in your house, or my house, will always be there. Give up what you must and get on your mat! Did you know that by moving your body it can actually lead to more productivity to get back to those things with a more focused attention? 10 minutes, 20 minutes or an hour - any time on the mat is time well spent. Our virtual hub gives you access to many class lengths (between 20 and 75 minutes) that can fit in your schedule. 

  1. Tune In
    This really is an opportunity for us to tune into ourselves at home. If practicing without music gives you the best experience at home, tune into your body and breath. AND if you miss the music offered by some studio classes, you can pop a speaker in your home studio space and you can be your own at home yoga DJ! I have a Sonos setup where I practice so I can stream all my favorite FTB teachers' playlists directly from Spotify. Pump up the jams to find the play and possibility in your practice.

  1. Get an Accountability Buddy
    Yes, it really is that simple. Ask a Free To Be friend to hold you accountable to practicing a certain number of days a week. Do a challenge with them. Or better yet, sign up for a FTB zoom class on MindBody to hold yourself accountable to your newly mastered at home practice. I have also used my calendar as an accountability buddy. Each Sunday, I schedule my practices in my calendar and on MindBody. These are non-negotiable times with myself. 


And there you have it. These are my 5 Tips To Mastering Your Home Practice. I hope these help. You don’t have to tackle them all. Maybe focus on one thing each day to see if it helps you move to your new level of mastery on the mat. 

Your turn! Do you have any tips that have worked for you over the last 11 weeks to become a master of your own home practice? We want to hear from you!!!

XO,
Kelly B.
Co-owner of Free To Be Power Yoga


P.S. If you are looking to deepen your practice or become a yoga teacher, we have announced our Fall 2020 200 Hour Teacher Training program that will (fingers crossed) be in person AND/OR online if needed. We are prepared for anything. Sign up today for early bird pricing! 

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HOW DID WE GET HERE?

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A born-and-raised Louisiana girl and a born-and-raised New England girl, with nothing more than passion and a vision to share power yoga and wellness, came together to create a boutique yoga and wellness brand based in New Orleans, Louisiana, and expanding across the country. 

In five years, we went from one studio located in Uptown New Orleans to three locations across the  greater New Orleans area. We have been recognized by the Gambit as one of the "Best of New Orleans" yoga studios three years in a row and have had over 10,000 people walk through our doors to experience sweaty, powerful yoga. 

We also have a deep passion for developing leaders in the New Orleans community through our yoga teacher training. As a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Registered School, we train teachers in Power Vinyasa Yoga with a focus on diving deep into self discovery through specific methodology, and the history and foundation of yoga. To date, we have trained over 100 teachers. 

How did we get here?

Both Janae Holmes and I, Kelly Boudreaux, were looking for a place to belong as we moved to Louisiana. Janae moved to NOLA in 2012 with her husband, leaving her corporate Sports Marketing job in Chicago. I moved back home with my husband, Cleve, after living in Colorado for 8 years where I worked at a PR Firm and sold over $9 million in Real Estate per year. Coming to Louisiana we did not know each other, but we both had a passion for sharing the yoga practice that saved us for different reasons during our late 20s. 

In 2013, Janae and I met through the greater Baptiste Yoga community. We were, and are, both certified Baptiste Yoga Teachers. Janae was teaching in the New Orleans community and I was working as Managing Director for Africa Yoga Project, a global non-profit creating wellness leaders. We instantly became friends and realized we had a shared love for building community, creating rich experiences through our business background, and were both looking for a place to belong in our new homes. Free To Be Power Yoga was born at this moment. And babies were born too! 

Not only were we raising a business together, we raised children  together. At the time Free To Be was born, I had Cooper and was pregnant with Henry. Janae was pregnant with Alexander. Let’s just say it was a blur and it was amazing!

Today, it is May of 2020. To think about what has happened in 5 years is pretty incredible. We now have three brick-and-mortar studios, and closed one down (Morgan City). I have three little boys and Janae has two children, a boy and a girl. Janae has become a Tier 3 Certified Baptiste Teacher and Legacy Lululemon Ambassador. I have become a Tier 2 Baptiste Yoga Teacher and IIN Certified Health Coach. We are navigating through the global pandemic and in 11 short weeks we have launched our fourth studio that is completely virtual: Free To Be Everywhere

It has taken a lot of sweat, love, tears, joy, questions, learning and unlearning to get where we are today. We could not have done it without our community, staff, teachers, mentors, friends, husbands and family. Thank you!

Our commitment is to create rich experiences and whole freedom in your life through yoga. How we run our business comes from our core values which have been sourced by Janae and me, and our community. 

FREE TO BE CORE VALUES

INTEGRITY | Free To Be operates from a place of honesty and fairness in all decisions and interactions. 

 

BELONGING | Free To Be creates a space where everyone feels they belong and are unconditionally accepted. 

RESILIENCE | We look for the lessons in all circumstances and never give up. 

COURAGE | We say “yes” if it supports our growth and allows us to evolve, even when we are scared/nervous. 

IMPACTEverything we do has intention and creates a lasting impression. 

Today, I am excited to relaunch this blog in a whole new way. There will be many shared voices including mine, digging deep into yoga, meditation, wellness and personal discoveries.

The best way to stay connected to us is to stay tuned in here or by signing up for our newsletter that hits your inbox every Tuesday. Also, follow us on instagram and facebook. 

If you are new here, WELCOME and know that you belong. If you frequent Free To Be, thank you for your contribution to how we got here and know that you belong. 

Much love,
Kelly B.

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