Daily yoga practice at home can help you stay healthy, more productive, calm and happy all day. Besides, these benefits are not just for you to enjoy. Doing these practices at home will not only keep you happy but your family members too will be able to feel the positive energy and happiness around. What’s more, you get a chance to practice them right in the comfort of your home, any time you wish.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare yourself for a fun yoga practice at home.
1. Attend a yoga class
Most yoga studios or gyms will let you try one class for free. If you don’t know much about yoga, or if it has been a long time since you have been to a yoga class, try attending one or two classes. This can help you develop a yoga regimen for your home practice.
- After the class, write down the asanas, or poses, so that you remember what you did. Don’t be afraid to draw pictures if that makes it easier to recall the asanas.
- Ask the instructor if she has any tips or suggestions for a home practice. Many instructors will be encouraging and will understand if you can’t make it to class frequently.
2. Conduct online research on yoga
There are many great resources online for putting together a home yoga practice. You can research such topics as different asanas and how to sequence them into a solid practice.
- Make sure to consult sites that are supported by certified yoga instructors. Many forms of yoga such as Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Hatha, and Iyengar have their own organizational websites that can help you develop your home practice.
3. Be aware of the challenges of home practice
It sounds easy enough to simply practice yoga at home, but be aware that it can be quite difficult, especially if you are not a experienced yogi.
- Understanding the fundamentals of yoga from asana alignment to proper sequencing of asanas can help you set a successful and injury-free home practice.
- When yoga is done properly, it appears effortless and should feel relatively effortless. You want to challenge your body and mind to constantly improve, even if it is only something as minimal as getting deeper into a position or mastering an asana.
- If you’re just starting out, it’s advisable to practice using DVDs or online resources until you feel comfortable putting together a solid and independent home practice.
- Understand that it takes a good yoga teacher many years of practice and instructing to put together classes that incorporate all of the elements of a yoga practice.
4. Set goals for your overall yoga practice
Before initiating any yoga practice, it’s advisable to figure out why you want to practice. Yoga can be a method of physical exercise, a way to reduce and manage stress, a means of healing an illness or injury, or a path to spiritual fulfillment and peace.
- Think about which components of wellness you want to work on, such as strength, flexibility, stamina, anxiety, and depression. You might also want to practice for your general well-being.
- Consider writing down your goals for your practice. Update your goals as you meet them and add new goals to keep yourself challenged.
For example, you could have a goal such as “get my heels to the ground in downward dog” or “I want to master supported headstand.”
5. Gather the equipment you will need to practice
At a minimum, you will need a yoga mat. Consider having props such as a yoga belt, yoga block, and a large blanket or bolster at hand, too.These pieces of equipment can help improve and deepen your yoga practice as well as making it more comfortable.
- You can buy mats and props at sporting goods stores, yoga studios, or at online yoga retailers.
- You don’t necessarily need special yoga clothing, but try wearing something comfortable that isn’t too tight. Women can wear leggings or capris, a tank top, and sports bra. Men can wear a pair of athletic shorts and a t-shirt.
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