Sadhana Studies student Misia Denea sat down with fellow program member Jacqueline Erwin to learn more about her personal practice and how the Sadhana Studies program is going so far.
Misia: What does your practice space look like?
Jacqueline: My husband and I live in a small apartment. Originally, I was just practicing wherever I could fit my mat, but once Sadhana Studies started, I realized my practice would need a more permanent home. I am horrible at spacial visualization, but my husband moved our furniture around and created a brilliant little space we can both use. There’s even room for my props and books! I keep candles nearby and rotating bits of inspiration—poems, pictures, rocks from the beach.
What time do you practice?
Early in the morning is always my best bet. If I don’t prioritize practicing in the morning, finding time later becomes nearly impossible. Though I often do a few asanas when I return home, just to bring me back to myself.
What pose(s) do you enjoy practicing the most? Why?
I love the forward bends. There’s something deeply calming about bringing the head down and turning inward.
What are your favorite ways to use the props?
I love using the props as part of a restorative or menstrual sequence. The fact that Iyengar yoga offers specific practices for menstruation is still so incredible to me, and I wish the sequences could be part of every woman’s self-care regimen.
Do you have a favorite passage from the readings thus far?
From this month’s reading, I especially liked a portion of “Individual and Society” from The Tree of Yoga: “When your body, mind and soul are healthy and harmonious, you will bring health and harmony to those around you and health and harmony to the world—not by withdrawing from the world but by being a healthy living organ of the body of humanity.”
Thank you, Misia and Jacqueline!