When it comes to "doing" yoga, it's much easier to imagine yourself on the mat in downward dog at your local studio than actually engaging with the in-depth philosophies of the yoga sutras.
There is a type of unlearned bliss that comes with joining a public group asana class, which offers that pleasurable yoga "high" without really having to understand the principles or techniques of teaching. But what happens when your life gets too "busy" and you can't make it to your favorite class?
Does your practice stop then, when you need it the most? If you choose to only allow others to guide you, you may continue to be mystified by the practice. But if you have the courage to take charge of your own practice and bring it home with you, you will discover that you are your own greatest teacher.
There is one curious Niyama that is perhaps one of most important of all the introspective yogic philosophies to understand, and that is Svadhyaya—"self-study." When you are truly on the yogic path, this is the journey to connecting to your own body and mind at times alone or without the physical presence of a teacher in a studio environment.
Even that thought can seem daunting, as each day you are presented with new challenges that make it hard to examine the relationship you are having with yourself. Creating the time and space to tune in in search of self-awareness can be a real struggle.
When life gets hectic, remind yourself that there is a space within you that you can retreat to at any time. The hardest part is making connecting to yourself a priority in your daily schedule.