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5 Reasons to Skip Yoga Class

Have you ever had one of those days where you really want to skip your yoga class but didn’t want to skip the benefits of practice?

Here are five good reasons to throw in the towel and skip fighting traffic to get to class:

1. Yoga in the comfort of your own home is so much better. Do yoga in those super old-school Lululemon’s and last year’s American Apparel tank. Who cares? It’s just you and your mat.

2. A home practice always includes your favorite poses. If today feels like a good day to open your hips, then you can do exactly that. No weird looks from the folks on the mat next to you.

3. Sometimes getting to class is hard. There are a million reasons like traffic, edgy bosses, too much coffee or not enough. And when you finally get there, if you’re late, walking into class requires that moment where you noisily roll out your mat as apologetically as possible. At home, you can roll out the mat as loud as you want.

4. You spent the $20 for your yoga class on your organic lunch. Perfect. Yoga practice at home is free.

5. It doesn’t matter how much time you have. Any amount of time is perfect for a home practice. And, shavasana (Corpse Pose) can be as long as you want!

Yoga studios are there when you need them. But, a home practice is always there for you, no matter what.



Alanna Kaivalya is an artistic and inspiring teacher of yoga, and the creator of The Kaivalya Yoga Method. Born with a hearing impairment, Alanna learned through the power of vibration at a young age, and was then naturally drawn to the harmonic practice of yoga. Listed as Yoga Journal’s top 21 Yoga Teachers Under 40 (March, 2008), and now with more than a decade of teaching experience, she has developed a teaching style that is a unique combination of her spirit, her knowledge, and of course the teachers who have influenced her along the path. She recently launched The Kaivalya Yoga Method Teacher Trainings, advanced level intensives held in New York City, Bali and abroad, and teaches workshops, at trainings and retreats across the globe. A woman of many talents: author, mythologist, musician and mystic, Alanna is also the founder of The Kaivalya Yoga Method, Author of Myths of the Asanas and Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning Behind Mantra and Kirtan. She holds a masters degree in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology and uses her extensive expertise in myth and symbolism to feed her knowledge of astrology and tarot. Listed as Yoga Journal’s top 21 Yoga Teachers under 40, Alanna continues to lead retreats, workshops and teacher trainings worldwide. To see what she’s up to, take part in an online class, schedule a reading or join a workshop, visit her at:

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