Updated: Jun 29, 2020
Doing yoga at home is an important part of your practice even if you have a studio membership. (Most studios are of course still closed due to covid19 so this posts is that more relevant!)
You’ll probably start out feeling more relaxed when you don’t have to drive through city traffic before your first sun salutation. You’ll also be able to design routines based on what your body needs each day rather than doing whatever the teacher says.
Discover the joys of rolling out your yoga mat in your own living room or back yard (if you have one!) Try these suggestions for developing a home practice you’ll love in 5 minutes.
Preparing for Your Home Yoga Sessions:
1. Check Your Flooring
Hardwood floors are ideal, but you can modify other surfaces with a portable yoga board or dance floor kit. It will help protect your knees and wrists. If you don't have access to a yoga mat, you can substitute a towel to conduct your floor work. It's just as good as any mat and is of course that more cost effective.
2. Collect Props
At a minimum, you’ll want a comfortable mat and any other props that help you to move safely. That might include blocks, bolsters, and straps. Keep in mind that you can use free substitutes like pillows, cushions and books. You'll be surprised how many household items can be incorporated into your yoga workout routine that will enhance its overall effectiveness.
3. Eat Light
A full stomach can interfere with any workout. Try to wait a couple of hours before your last meal or snack on something light such as yogurt or fruit. A banana is always our first choice as it's quick to consume and will not leave you feeling too bloated but will temporarily please your appetite.
4. Keep Cool
In these summer months, if your home is anything like ours it will be quite hot and stuffy, especially during the evening. If possible, try and conduct your sessions wearing light clothing and if you are feeling really plush invest a few pounds in a fan that you can have on during your workout sessions.
5. Minimize Distractions
Do you struggle with frequent interruptions at home? Turn off your phone and TV to avoid temptation. Let your family know you’re unavailable for the next hour. More than anything, you deserve to give your body your undivided attention so do your best to ensure your time is truly yours.
Arranging Your Home Yoga Sessions:
1. Follow instructions
If you’re new to yoga, some expert training will help you to stay safe. Ask a local studio about hiring one of their instructors to teach you at home. Many studios also have online video collections included in their memberships.
2. Build Your Sequence
There are many factors involved in sequencing a yoga session. Working with an instructor or video will give you a format to follow until you learn the basics.
3. Set Your Intention
Many students like to create a specific focus or goal each day. You may want to strengthen your core or promote world peace. Whatever you choose to focus your energies on, make sure to set your intentions.
4. Listen to your body
Solo practice trains you to become your own teacher. You’ll learn to follow your internal cues instead of depending on external instructions. No-one knows your body better than you do, make sure you time to fully listen and to understand yours.
5. Learn Modifications
Any pose can be adjusted to make it safer and more effective for your body. Research common modifications or ask an experienced teacher for suggestions. Do not force your body to take on positions or to move in ways that your body is not used to.
6. Start Out Gradually
Even if you’re used to hour long studio classes, you may run out of steam quickly when you’re the only one in the room. Let yourself enjoy yoga for 10 or 15 minutes at a time as you work your way up to longer intervals.
7. Find A Buddy
In addition to your solo days, you might want to share yoga with a friend who has compatible goals. Reach out to your friends on social media and try and find a buddy who can join you via a Zoom or Skype call. You could support each other in making your workouts more enjoyable and consistent. Or if you'e lucky, you may have a workout buddy living with you!.
8. Play Music
Studies show that music can help you exercise harder without feeling more strain. Choose traditional yoga music or something that will keep you motivated throughout your workout.
9. Cool Down
Transitioning gradually out of any workout helps your body to recover and grow stronger. Set aside your final moments for svanasana, the slow and quiet poses that help you to return to ordinary activities feeling refreshed and renewed.
Home yoga sessions provide important benefits for beginners and advanced practitioners. A well-rounded routine will balance studio classes and private time so you can focus on your own needs and connect with other yoga students.
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