Tips for Perfecting Your At-Home Yoga Practice from 10 Tips for Perfecting Your At-Home Yoga Practice
10 Tips for Perfecting Your At-Home Yoga Practice
Tips for Perfecting Your At-Home Yoga Practice
Passionate yogis have taken their practice around the world to Japanese gardens, beaches, mountaintops and beyond—you can certainly take your practice to your living room. We’ve compiled some top tips to make the transition into an at-home yoga practice both smooth and enjoyable.
Let Go of Preconceived Expectations
When people decide to expand their yoga practice from the studio to their living room they often assume that their at-home practice will be exactly like the class. It’s important to acknowledge that your at-home practice will be different. Instead of the hour-long sessions you’re used to in class, try starting with a short 15 minute session—you’re the one leading this practice so it’s best to start small and work to bigger sequences.
Same Time, Same Place
Just as scheduling your workouts makes it easier to fit it in, carving out a set time for yoga helps ensure you get on the mat regularly. Additionally, having a space dedicated to yoga makes it more of a firm routine and helps you create a calming atmosphere. Your yoga space doesn’t have to be huge or elaborate; it just needs to be clear enough for you to move freely (though you can, of course make it your own with candles, light music, ect.).
Get the Right Gear
We’re not talking on splurging on a closet full of high-end apparel, though comfortable clothes are a must; we’re talking about having the right tools. Ideally you should have a yoga mat and for help with alignment, you should also have two yoga blocks, a yoga strap or band and maybe a towel to soften the floor.
There is a wealth of knowledge out there whether you pick up a book, pop in a DVD or find sites you like on the internet. It’s not hard to find advice and routines for at-home practice, just be aware of who the information is coming from and ensure that the source is reliable. A few top sites include YogaGlo and YogaDownload—we also have plenty of tips and poses from professional yogis on our site.
Start with Familiar Poses
Approaching the mat alone for the first time can be very intimidating, especially when you’ve always had an instructor to guide you. Experts suggest cutting some of that fear by picking a few poses that you like most and working through those—here are some poses that anyone (even the complete beginner) can do. As you get more comfortable, you can then start incorporating some of the more challenging poses.
Consider working Through the Same Sequence for a While
When it comes to starting an at-home yoga practice consistency is key; that rings true for both regularly practicing and the actual sequence you decide on. When you go through the same poses, in the same order day after day you will notice small improvements. Plus, a regular routing will leave your mind open to focus on being present, rather than “what am I doing next?” If you’re short on ideas, professional Yoga Instructor Gillian Gibree suggests you do these poses every morning.
Take a Class Now and Then
Everyone needs a refresher every now and then to correct bad habits and learn a few new things and it’s also good to connect with other people who are equally as passionate about their practice. Make time for a class, workshop or yoga retreat every now and then to brush up on your skills and learn to love yoga all over again.
Have Fun with It
Just because yoga can be difficult and intense sometimes doesn’t mean your at-home practice needs to be that way—and even if you enjoy that, sometimes it’s good to bring it down a notch. Invite your family or roommate to join in on your daily practice or find other ways of making it interesting. Yoga doesn’t always have to be so deep and concentrated, but it should always be enjoyable.