Closing Your Yoga Practice
Confidence. Consciousness. Camaraderie.
Throughout my yoga journey so far, these are the three themes that seem to be the most important for me, and I use them as the way that I close my yoga practice.
Find a comfortable seat.
Bring your hands to heart center. Inhale confidence. Exhale.
Bring your thumbs to your third eye. Inhale consciousness. Exhale.
Bring your hands wide, palms face up. Inhale camaraderie. Exhale.
Bring your hands back to heart center. May everything that we think, say and do always come from this space. Namaste.
Finding your own closing for class.
Whether you're a yoga teacher or you practice at home, closing your yoga practice is a really personal thing and something I didn't think about before becoming a yoga teacher. It can be the same as your intention for class, although it doesn't have to be. (A blog on setting intentions to come!)
Closing your practice can be done at the studio, at home, after a yoga session, or just after meditation. Any time you spend some time connecting with your Self you can finish with your closing.
So... How do I come up with my closing?
I wish there was an easy way to do this, but in short, the answer is time and a lot of thought. I came up with my closing at the end of teacher training, which involved a lot of self-observation and self-healing.
I'd suggest starting out by journaling. Here are a few topics to think about...
- What values are important to you in life?
- What is your relationship like with your family?
- What emotions come up for you most often in your life?
- How easy is it for you to express your emotions to others?
- Use 10 adjectives to describe yourself.
- What defines success for you?
- How do you love others in your life?
- How do you love yourself?
- How do you communicate with others?
- Do you feel heard by others?
- How do you express your creativity?
- In what ways do you connect with Self?
After you've journaled about these questions, which are essentially an outline of your chakras, you may have found a few topics that stand out to you. You can begin to work from there to come up with your personal closing.
Your closing can involve breathing and hand movements like mine does. It can involve a quote that you like or a few sentences that you came up with. It can be just one or a few words. Try to come up with something that seems most authentic to you.
Also, don't be afraid to use trial-and-error. When you come up with a closing you think seems appealing, use it for a few days before revisiting and making changes. My closing is on its third iteration and I'm sure will change again as I continue to grow!
As always, feel free to share questions, thoughts, or your favorite closings below.