When we take a yoga class, we are offered an opportunity to engage with others. Techniques are taught, shared, and practiced within the group. A well-organized, well-orchestrated general class encourages a collective spirit. It is as though we are all learning to play the same piece of music. The collaboration between the personal and the collective informs the group setting. Each individual student is asked to measure up, keep up, and be part of the communal effort.
A home practice changes the orientation of skill building and awareness. In a home practice, the teacher within becomes the focus of attention. Techniques that were taught by others, learned with others are brought into the personal. The goal of a home practice is to use one's techniques to support personal health and well being, within a ritualized use of personal time and space. One closes the door to the outside world, and the practice of the mind and the breath are attuned to an inner conversation. The postures, breathing techniques, concentration and orientation methods are the tools of the practice. While all practice influences one's physiology and psychology, a personal longevity practice addresses the vision and virtue of personal health, well being, and longlife. All practice influences one's physiology and psychology. A personal longevity practice addresses the vision and virtue of personal health, well being, and longlife.