5 STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL HOME YOGA PRACTICE
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As the weather starts getting cooler, it’s sometimes difficult to leave the house, especially when you don’t HAVE to! If you still want to practice yoga, but getting out of the house is now a huge chore, perhaps consider starting a home practice.
Starting a home yoga practice can be overwhelming for some. Often I hear: “where do I even start?” Starting a home yoga practice is much easier than it seems! Try following these 5 steps for a successful home practice.
.1. FIND SPACE //
The first and most important step is to find a space you can lay your mat down and you don’t feel crowded by the items surrounding this space. I often move furniture out of the way so I can lay my mat down in the middle of my living room.
The general idea is that you should have enough room around your mat that you can reach your arms to the side when standing/lying down and reach your arms behind you when laying down.
.2. SET THE TONE //
Play with the lighting, this is your set-up so allow yourself to choose what feels right for you. In the morning I tend to go a bit brighter to wake myself up, and in the evening I tend to go a bit darker to let my mind become quieter. (Candles can be nice, too.)
Music is your choice, whatever helps you move your body comfortably and stay grounded in your practice.
If you enjoy essential oils, it may be nice to use a diffuser during your practice as well.
.3. HAVE A PLAN, OR NOT! //
I like to start my home practice off with some sun salutations to warm the body up, and from there I really just play with what feels good. If you enjoy having something to follow along, there are quite a few videos on YouTube, including a couple of my own. There are apps now, too, that you can download and follow a yoga practice.
.4. DON’T FORGET SAVASANA! //
Most of us love savasana, but even if you are in a rush, make sure you leave time for a good 2-3 minutes of savasana. This is your time that you can reflect on how the practice went, or allow the mind to be calm and quiet.
.5. MEDITATE //
If you have time (and this is something I believe you should make time for!), take 5 minutes to meditate. If you have never meditated before, my favourite (FREE!) app is Headspace.
I like to keep it simple when meditating. Sit in a comfortable position, either cross-legged or feet on the floor, close the eyes, focus on a steady, even breath, and allow the mind to wander into thoughts and into quiet.
It’s great to set a timer for this, especially if you have to get to work or school, and you can enjoy your meditation without worrying about the time!
Work with a yoga teacher to help you create your custome home yoga practice. If you are interested in finding out more about creating a specialized home practice, contact me by email!
Do you have a home practice? What does that look like for you? Any tips to share? Please share in the comments!
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