The time invested in practice should be worth the time invested.
Yet random yoga practice itself doesn't guarantee progress, it simply ingrains whatever patterns you are practicing.
If you practice a pose leaning a bit to the left, your body responds by leaning more to the left.
And the rest of the day you tend to lean to the left.
Practice doesn't make perfect, but it does make permanent.
Ingrained movement patterns are more obvious with a skill like piano playing. If a pianist practices the same piano mistake over and over, that mistake becomes ingrained in the sequence of notes they play.
They repeat what is worth repeating.
They don't necessarily practice longer, they practice better.
For yoga to be powerful, sustainable and personal, we figure out ways to practice better.
This practicing better is hard work, as we deconstruct our poses we come face to face with our habits and patterns.
We can't even SEE these habits, our tendency to veer right in when we think we are in the middle, leaning of our head to one side as we sit at our desk.
Of COURSE we can't see these things, if we could, we would have changed them long ago.
So how to we learn to SEE the way we practice and to build repeatable practices worth repeating?
We learn to travel the unexplored terrain of our body. One road at a time.
This all starts with researching what works, and this gets better with, you guessed it, practice.