There are many reasons why you might want to cultivate a steady yoga practice from home. Whether you are new to yoga, wanting to save time or money, or simply appreciate the benefits that come along with creating your practice in the comfort of your home, here a few tips you can follow to help you to establish a home yoga practice that you love:
Find your space
We all learn at some point through yoga that not every practice setting will be perfect or ideal. Maybe you live in a busy area, and a train or ambulance passes by while you’re in the middle of Savasana. While these things may throw us off or affect us negatively, it is real-life moments like this in yoga that train our minds to work through the uncomfortable or unfavorable moments. That said, you don’t need to have the most silent or perfect and cozy yoga space to find a place for you and your mat. Having a wall nearby to use as needed will help, though. Let your roommate or significant other know when you are about to practice, to limit possible distractions. Keep your space clean and turn your phone on silent. Aim for some natural light, light a candle, or put a soothing essential oil in a diffuser.
Follow a set sequence
It may not sound like the most fun or creative but sticking to the same sequence will help you build a foundation for your at-home practice. There are benefits to repetition in yoga, such as the ability to eventually become more meditative during your flow, as well as noticing any noteworthy changes in your body or practice overall. Whether you choose to follow a sequence you already know, or a Sun or Moon Salutation, you can always repeat the sequence for a more extended practice.
Find your class
If leading your own class is not cut out for you, you can always find one online. YouTube is one of the more popular options, and the search bar if helpful to type in words like relaxing or strength, if you don’t know exactly what to look for. Alternatively, the search bar will also help you fine-tune your search to find what you want if you do already know. There are also plenty of online subscription platforms that have knowledgeable instructors and helpful navigation features.
Practicing every day for as little as 15 minutes as opposed to one long class each week is said to be more effective. So, practice regularly, but be realistic in what works for you and your schedule. Do not pressure yourself to stick to a rigid routine, because not every day will be the same. Keep things loose and move freely.
One of the most incredible things about having a home yoga practice is that you can do it anytime. While routine always helps, you do not have to schedule yoga! Whenever you need yoga, it is there. Do you have any tips you would like to share? We would love to know what your home practice looks like.