A 28-day online course to bring you home to your body and to a life led with purpose
You’d probably like to tell yourself that the reason why it’s hard to have a daily home yoga practice is because you don’t know the poses well enough, or that you don’t know enough about yoga in general.
After nearly 14 years of at times flailing, floundering and forcing my way through a home yoga practice, and watching students do the same, I’ve come to believe that the above reason is a load of bull.
The reason you don’t practice yoga at home is because you’re avoiding being with yourself–by yourself–in a way that can be just as confrontational and uncomfortable as it can be nourishing and familiar. And in a way that has the capacity to be truly transformational.
Don’t feel bad. You’re not alone.
It’s a big deal to show up alone on your mat. A LOT goes on when you’re there to not just get a workout (and sometimes even when you are).
If you’ve gotten past the external
and internal roadblocks and resistance to practicing
enough to get to your mat
at home, then you know that it can at times feel like landing straight in a quagmire of self-judgment, doubt, confusion, laziness, frustration or boredom. And so many other things.
The HomeBody Yoga course is for you if you are a teacher or an experienced student who feels like you should have a home yoga practice but you just can’t seem to do it. You’ve tried it in fits and starts, and you can’t seem to get to the place where it’s just natural to roll out your mat and go deep.
This course is also for you if you want to feel at home in your body and your life, if you’ve come to the realization that you’re no longer willing to solely outsource your experience and your knowing to someone else, either on your yoga mat or in your life.
Recognizing this is BIG. It can change your life. And there’s no shortcut to having a life-changing practice. You can’t bypass the challenges. That’s part of the point of practice.
So here is your opportunity to reorient your approach to your home yoga practice in a way that brings the qualities of joy, honesty, playfulness, curiosity compassion and possibility to it. And with that, to have more of those qualities—and more of yourself—in everything you do.
What’s different about this course and my approach to home yoga practice?
This course is not about learning how to do the poses. There’s no talk about alignment, or quick tips to build core strength or instructions for doing headstand in the middle of the room. That’s all great and useful information, but in my opinion, that is information best learned in the physical presence of a teacher.
When it comes to home yoga practice, the tools for success are different than simply knowing the poses. I believe that what inhibits people from practicing yoga at home isn’t that they don’t know enough about yoga, it’s the ideas they have about yoga, about practice and about themselves.
What’s most important, then, is confronting the practical, mental and emotional blocks to actually coming to your mat, and then addressing how to use your time on your mat to come to a place of acceptance for your own experience and to reclaim your ability to be guided from within in all aspects of your life.
With that, my approach is both personal and practical. I understand that facilitating true transformation is based on being compassionate and being straight up, being an expert and being a fellow traveler on the path, and simultaneously making space for your messy humanity and your perfect divinity.
The teachings in this course are crafted from my personal experience as well as from the experiences of other people like you who know firsthand all the stuff that assails you when you try to sit down to your yoga mat to practice on your own.
In addition to the insights I’ve gained from finding my way to a daily home yoga practice that I can’t live without, both my undergraduate and my graduate degrees were self-designed and self-directed, so I know a thing or two about self-motivation, accountability and facing inner critics and task-masters.
What is it?
HomeBody Yoga is an online course that offers prompts for creating or sustaining a home yoga practice, as well as teachings on the practical and spiritual implications of making your practice yours.
For 28 days you’ll receive a daily email, amounting to the equivalent of over 100 pages of:
Tips and techniques on how to approach your home yoga practice from a genuine place of enjoyment rather than from a sense of obligation or guilt.
Exercises to inspire new ways of experiencing your self in your body, and your self in relationship to your practice, to your work, to your relationships and to your life in general.
Practice prompts to not only get you over any hurdles to practicing, but to also better equip you to feel empowered to keep practicing.
Personal stories from my own successes and struggles with home yoga practice over the years to remind you that you’re not alone and to facilitate acceptance and compassion for your own journey.
How much does it cost?
A slim $28. Just one buck a day for the tools that are necessary to not only sustain a home practice, but also to be able to make choices that are in alignment with what is really true for you in your life. Pretty good deal.
Ready to come home to your body and your life?
Great! Come on home, baby.
Click the paypal button below to help you to get nourishment and relaxation in your own home when you need it, and to have the treat of your own presence more.
Once you pay you’ll receive an email letting you know everything you need to know to get started, and then your daily emails will start the following day.
Good for you.
Now tell your friends! Because as I said above, the more people who practice coming home to themselves in their home yoga practice, the better. And it works to your advantage, too, because having an accountability buddy to go through the course with and to share your insights with is a good thing!
In case you’re curious, here’s what others have to say…
“I am sitting on my mat and feeling compelled to write to tell you that it feels different. For the first time in a long time (maybe ever when in my own space) my mat and this space feels like a refuge, a loving space to come and be with myself. When others talk about it, I get that this experience is possible, but I have never really “gotten” that. What an incredible gift. Thank you.”
~Participant email on Day 13
“I’m treating my practice as a ceremonial practice, I’m doing it more often, I’m doing it for longer, and I’m experiencing the emotional and spiritual benefits of guiding myself through yoga, not just ‘stretching.’”
~Participant email on Day 12
“The idea that I don’t practice because I don’t know what to do is steadily losing ground.”
~Participant email on Day 14
“When I practice yoga at home, I’m the one who has to remember to pay attention to it every day. Some days I do, and some days I don’t… but it’s not uncommon for me to remind myself to practice with a touch (or a lot) of guilt or shame or “should.”
The regular presence of the HomeBody email course brought my yoga practice onto my daily radar in a much more consistent and gentle way. Jay’s teachings were an invitation to nourish myself daily, regardless of whether I went to my mat. Through her expert guidance, she invited me into greater depth in my practice, encouraging a curious exploration of what value my yoga practice holds for the other parts of my life.
As a result of the course, I’m kinder to myself in how I approach my home practice, and I get a whole lot more out of the time I spend on my mat. Overall – outstanding!”
~Mandy Blake, Master Somatic Coach
“I loved my four weeks of HomeBody yoga. More shifted in my head and my heart than in my hatha practice. What I learned wasn’t just about showing up on the mat — it was about coaching, about loving, about living in an authentic way. My warrior 1 might not have improved, but my way of being with others and with myself definitely did. That is an enormous gift to me as a new coach.”
~Michelle Hynes, nonprofit leader, consultant, and coach
Jay offers techniques in the emails, but what is so great about it is that they are written by someone who lives the practice. She’s been challenged by it, been resentful of it, she loves it and she knows the value that it adds to her life. Her approach is playful, sweet and real. The tone is set by a mix of heart, thoughtfulness and details.
And what’s insanely appealing about Jay is that she has the capacity to touch and reach people to whom yoga might not ever be their practice because she recognizes that the importance of practice of any sort is that it’s really just about being in touch with yourself.
~Sasha Davies, author
I got really, really empowered the last couple of weeks because of the HomeBody Yoga course. It allowed me to have the courage to sit with myself, to feel totally calm with my feelings and to feel the way I felt rather than trying to justify it or change it or ignore it. From that practice came total clarity, and I made some really huge decisions in my life. This course really does teach you how to discern what you really need, both physically and emotionally.
~Mattie Kaiser, professional violist
“Because of the HomeBody Yoga course, I now not only have more of a home practice, but I also feel excited and better equipped to do it. I feel a clear internal pull towards my practice rather than the “should” of a mental push. I can see where what I’ve learned through this course is also consistent with developing my practice as a Celebrant.”
~Holly Pruett, Life-Cycle Celebrant