Home and yoga may not always seem like the go together, but these tips will help you flip your perspective and give yoga in your abode a go.
1. Make a supportive, even meaningful space.
Okay this one is easier said than done, but it can be created by reflecting on what you actually need. Doing his will give the space meaning and help connect your needs to your practice. You don’t need a designated permanent space, but a space to lay your mat with a bit of room to wiggle into a wild thing (if that’s what you’re into). Consider what you need in your space- What features of a space help you to support your practice?
You might want to reflect on this and consider:
- How much room do you need?
- Should you be near a wall for inversions or support?
- Is there anything breakable around?
- Is it the right amount of privacy for you?
- Is it an appropriate temperature?
- Do you prefer natural light?
- Is the level of noise ok?
- Do you prefer music?
- Do you prefer a clean, clear and safe?
You can define your space anyway you want. It can also move- no need to tie yourself down. If you are just starting a home practice, think about what you like about the studio- can you recreate some of features in your home? Just make sure it supports your current needs and subsequently your yoga practice.
2. Find an online platform with classes.
Like creating a space, this one requires a bit of reflection and willingness to test out different teachers. One of the best places to start is naming the yoga style(s) you like. Many platforms offer a variety of styles that fit every lifestyle. My personal favorite is YogaDownload (you can download the practices and keep for offline) but here are a few other recommendations:
3. Practice on your own.
This may seem rebellious, but you don’t have to practice with the guidance of a teacher. This doesn’t mean you should immediately hop into an inversion and break your neck or pull a hamstring! But you can read online resources (Yoga Basics is my personal favorite) for posture tutorials and information. Practicing on your own can be very empowering as well- you are your own teacher after all. It is important to be safe- literally don’t jump into anything without doing some research and building your practice.
4. Create a yoga habit.
Habits are easier said than done. They take a plan, concerted effort, and time. A yoga journal can help you build this habit by offering daily structure and prompts to reflect. I’ve also used a calendar to map out the practices by length and style. You could also write a reminder on a whiteboard or sheet of paper: DO YOGA TODAY. Make a commitment and see what works for you.
Home practices are amazing. I hope you start yours. Like anything, nurture it, adapt and give yourself space to grow. It is something you can always have with you.