What do you like about this 7:30am time?
I generally like to practice in the mornings. My mind and body are fresh and then I can enjoy the benefits of the practice for the rest of the day. There is also a beautiful natural light streaming in through the window at the studio that time of the morning.
What do you normally practice?
I typically practice a backbend sequence on a Friday morning. Again, because it is early my body and mind are not fatigued from the events of a day so I can take on such a practice.
What do you find the difference is for you between coming in and doing a practice, and coming to a class?
The difference for me between doing an open practice and attending a class is that during an open practice I have the opportunity to work on anything I choose. I can focus on particular asanas or variations of poses or even particular areas of my body that I need to work on for those poses. I can practice poses that I may not always get to practice in a class situation but it is also an opportunity to explore and practice poses that have been taught in class. During an open practice I can take my time in poses, particularly inverted poses or supported inverted poses than might be possible in a class situation. I can also use props and set-ups that I don’t always get time for or the opportunity to use during a class.
Do you attend any other Open practice times at The Centre?
Yes. I attend Sunday mornings regularly and quite often Saturday afternoons. Saturday afternoons are also a lovely time to practice at the studio. Again, the lighting in the studio as the sun begins to set for the day sets the scene for a peaceful and refreshing practice after a long week.