Olwen's note: While the service of private yoga lessons in homes, described below, is no longer offered by me, I do still recommend (or prescribe) constructive rest often. As in, often means all the time. You need to do this!
Just go ahead and skip down to the bottom to pick up your prescription!
I was recently asked if I still do “house calls”. I LOVED the question. It made me feel like an old school doctor back in the day who use to go to his, or her, patient’s home when they were sick. Go and watch Downton Abbey if you don’t know what I mean . . . they always seem to be fetching Dr. Clarkson for something!
Just to clarify, I’m not a doctor. I don’t claim to be one. I do, however, offer a service that doctors are now suggesting more and more to their patients for a variety of reasons.
To answer the question that I referred to above . . .
Yes, I still make house calls! I gave them the boring names of private and semi-private yoga lessons on my website, but what I meant to say was that I make house calls.
You don’t need to go anywhere to practice yoga, if you don’t want to.
I come to you so that you can practice where you are already comfortable.
I’m not knocking the benefits of practicing at a studio.
Not. At. All.
I teach group classes.
Not everyone feels comfortable at a studio, or a gym, and I completely understand that!
I had some horrible experiences when I first started practicing so I’m still hesitant when I want to try a new one. Plus, not everyone can make it to a studio. Not everyone wants to. That’s where I come in.
Here is an older post about some of the benefits of private yoga lessons. The title is cheesy, but the reasons aren’t.
Lastly, I want to leave you with something that you can easily do on your own. It is called constructive rest, or active rest, and it will help you relax your nervous system, regulate your breathing and release excess tension from your body. This is my gift to you because Brooke Thomas of Liberated Body recently gave it to me as a gift via her inaugural and fabulous 30-day challenge.
Your challenge (or prescription, if you prefer):
Schedule constructive rest into your calendar for one week. Try this technique for seven days straight,15 minutes per day and at the end of the week see if anything has changed. While I was going through the challenge, I gave it to my clients to try as well and I haven’t met anyone who has done constructive rest, even for a short period of time, who didn’t find it to be VERY relaxing.
You can do it at any time of the day, and wear whatever you find comfortable. This is also an excellent alternative to savasana after your yoga practice.
Watch this video to learn how to do it.
Now go and add it to your calendar and let me know how it works for you.
This has been your virtual house call.