- 5 Ways to Start A Home Yoga Practice
5 Ways to Start A Home Yoga Practice
Yoga can help to build confidence, increase flexibility and mobility and is a great way to stay active, but making it out to weekly classes isn’t always convenient and can get quite expensive. Starting an at-home yoga practice is an excellent way to encourage positive and healthy habits without spending a fortune. Plus you will feel great after you finish a sequence, or nail a new pose.
To set yourself up for success there are a few things to consider!
1) Know The Basics
If you’re new to yoga it is important that you head to a studio and try a variety of classes before you attempt a home yoga practice. This will allow you to learn about different styles of yoga so you can choose which types you want to incorporate into your own practice at home.
Heading to a studio will also allow you to have a one-on-one discussion with a teacher. If you have any concerns or questions this is the time to ask them! Studio teachers will teach you how to adjust poses for your skill level, and will also provide advice if you have any physical concerns or unique needs.
2) Set Up Your Space
Once you’re ready to start practicing at home, the first step is choosing and setting up a relaxing and inviting space. It is important that your space is free of distractions, clutter, and noise. If you share your home or space with other family members, children, or pets it is helpful to be able to close a door. You’ll also want to ensure that you have enough room to place your mat down on the floor so you can move freely. If you can be sure to leave your mat out between practices – this is a great way to have a constant visual reminder to get on your mat and keep up your practice!
Once you have found a suitable space, feel free to add personal touches that will help to keep you focused. You may choose to add pillows, blankets, or candles to make the space inviting.
3) Have The Right Equipment
If you plan on having a consistent home yoga practice it is worth it to invest in a few staples.
First, pick up a great yoga mat! These days you can find quality yoga mats at big bulk stores, specialty stores, and online. Look for a mat that is thick enough to provide adequate padding, is easy to clean, and isn’t too heavy.
Next, choose a yoga block, strap, and bolster. These three props can be used to help progress your practice, aid you in achieving new and challenging poses, and support you in yin yoga and restorative poses. All three of these items are usually available in big bulk stores, specialty yoga stores, and online!
4.) Find The Right Sequences
There is a plethora of yoga resources online and finding the sequences that work for you will help you stay consistent with your home yoga practice. Start with a few sequences and use them until you are familiar enough and comfortable enough to expand your practice. Here are a few great sequences to start with:
Seated Yoga Flow (Link on video page)
Moderate Yoga Flow (Link on video page)
5 Yin Yoga Poses (Link on video page)
Core Yoga Sequence (Link on video page)
20 Essential Yoga Poses (Link on video page)
5.) Set A Schedule
Finally, the best way to stay on track when it comes to a home yoga practice is to set a schedule! Choose a realistic goal of how many times you would like to get on your mat each week and then schedule the time into your calendar. Set a reminder or an alarm to help keep you accountable! This may sound simple, but getting on your mat is often the hardest part of the practice!
Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for years a home practice can be a wonderful way to focus on yourself and your well-being. Be sure to always stay safe and reach out for help if you are trying something new. Listen to your body and if you even feel like a pose or sequences isn’t right for you simply try something else! Yoga is a life long journey and each persons practice is different so have fun and make it our own!