With the hustle and time constraints of every day life, it’s nice to be able to have a yoga practice that you can come to in your own home.
On top of saving you some time and money, doing consistent yoga at home can deepen your practice and facilitate a healthier connection with your body and your mind.Not having the distractions of others and just moving with what your body needs can bring your practice to a whole other level.
So how to begin a home practice?
Well… here are some first steps and insight that you may be able to use if you are a total beginner to starting a home practice.
Hope it helps!
1) Find Your Space
One of the comments that I get most when talking to others that want to start a home practice is that they do not have a comfortable space in their home to practice in.
If you do not think that you have enough space or a comfortable space to practice in, my advice would be to make space. Change the living room around, move your bed closer to the wall, push the coffee table off to the side, find a room that’s not being used, or if its nice out, go outside!
It is important to find or make space for your practice, or it will be pretty difficult to stay consistent with it. I move my coffee table off to the side almost every single day! And I got rid of some things in the living room to make more room for my practice.
If you have a permanent space, keep adding cozy things to the atmosphere. Find some awesome plants, burn palo santo, incense, or sage.
Once you get more comfortable with your home practice, you will be able to find space just about anywhere!
2) Make A Playlist ♫ ♪
Having a few familiar playlists to use whenever you practice will start to get you more into it and you will slowly be able to tune everything else out the more you do it.
I have about six different playlists going right now that are specifically for practicing at home. Now I even use some of them in my classes!
I find that music with little or no words is best for keeping my mind focused, but everyone is different! If you just take a couple hours one day to do some digging, you’ll find tons of playlists that will be useful!
3) Commit To A Time
Surprisingly and not so surprisingly, I get this question often! It is difficult to find the perfect time to practice everyday when lives and schedules are changing all the time. For me, I find it most difficult to practice in the morning, and prefer to get on my mat either right after work or a couple hours before bed.
My recommendation for this would be to try a few different times for a couple weeks and see what you like and what you don’t like!
When it comes down to it though, you really just have to make time. We could all find a million excuses to not practice, but just like everything in our lives, we have to make time for it if we really want to commit to it!
4) Do Your Research
Read up on different yoga poses. Watch videos on YouTube. Take notes from your favorite yogis on social media. Go to yoga classes whenever you can! Ask your teacher whenever you have any questions.
There are also tons of eBooks online that are super helpful when first beginning a yoga practice at home. Research some of your favorite teachers online or ask others what books they have used! Having others to talk and ask questions to is super helpful if you are planning on committing to a regular home practice. You can also ask me right here!
It’s pretty difficult to learn something all by yourself and there are thousands upon thousands of resources and good information out there to help you figure out the best practice for yourself.
4) Finding A Flow
If you have been to a yoga class before, you know that for most classes, each pose is placed so that it flows into the next intended pose. When you are at home, think about what could or what would make sense to come next. What would be an appropriate transition?
For the first few times you practice at home, I would recommend writing down a few things before hand so that you can organize your flow into something that makes sense. Once you start understanding transitions that make sense, you will eventually be able to just get on your mat and start flowing into whatever you’re feeling that day.
The awesome thing about having a home practice is that you can decide what you want to do, what you can work on more, and how much time you want to spend with your practice. Somedays I’ll flow for over an hour and some it will just be for 20 minutes.
Make sure to have fun with it! There are thousands of asanas and variations to them. If you’re not sure if something would be considered a pose or not, there is a good chance that it is!
Here are some sources that I have found helpful in my home practice:
Do you have a home practice? Would you like to start one? Comment below!