Doing yoga at home sounds like a great idea, but it often doesn't work out like we plan. We either end up running out of time, we think there's not enough space, maybe our apartment is too messy... whatever the excuse is, we always seem to find one that stops us from practicing.
Being an online yoga teacher and at home yoga student over the past couple of years has taught me a lot of things about how to maintain a yoga practice at home that I actually want to do regularly. Of course, there are always days where I'm far too busy and things happen that prohibit me from actually doing yoga at home, but the yoga practice happens far more often with the following tips/suggestions than without.
So, here are 5 tips and suggestions on how you can create an at home yoga practice that you'll actually want to do regularly.
1. Create a safe & happy space.
If you designate a safe, comfortable, and pleasant space where you're going to roll out your mat every time, then you're more likely to want to return to your practice. Even if you're apartment is small, you can still say, "Okay, I am most happy by this window because there's a lot of light coming in and these photos here make me smile." There's always a way to fit your yoga mat nearby a space in your home that you love (you'll find a way, trust me). If you have lots of space, then try designing a specific area that is only for your yoga practice. There's a beautiful book a friend of mine gave me called Yoga At Home that has so many inspiring photos and stories of the spaces that people have created for their at home yoga practices. If you're intersted and serious about starting a practice of your own, definitely check that one out.
2. Have a routine to follow.
Whether you decide to go at it alone or follow along with a yoga video (I provide over 100 free yoga videos on my YouTube channel), it is helpful to have a set routine to follow. This way you can just begin and follow along rather than getting stumped on what to do next. This can be discouraging, which will ultimately diminish your desire to continue. There are tons of online yoga videos that you can follow, including my channel, ChriskaYoga where I have over 100 online yoga classes already on there and post new videos every Monday and Wednesday that you can follow along with (shameless self-promo).
3. Make sure there will be minimal to no interruptions.
There is nothing worse than having your phone ring in the middle of a sun salutation, or bettet yet, savasana. This may be impossible for some (stay at home parents and/or pet owners), but if at all possible, set aside a time for yoga where you know you won't be interrupted. Turn your phone on silent and just be alone with your yoga practice. Even if you just practice for 10 minutes, this one thing alone can do wonders for your mental heatlh.
4. Find what props (if any) work for you.
You'll definitely want to get a good yoga mat (probably in a color that you like so you'll actually enjoy looking at it). Yoga mats prevent you from slipping if your hands and feet get sweaty, they provide guidelines for alignment and instruction, and they also provide some cushion for your joints when you place them on the ground. In addition to a mat, you can also get yoga blocks, a yoga strap, a yoga blanket, and a yoga bolster. These are not just fancy things you see in bulk at a yoga studio. They're things that you can have and use at home to help you advance your practice in a healthy and safe way. I did a whole video explaininghow and why to use yoga props if you're interested.
5. Schedule eating for after yoga.
Doing yoga on a full stomach is not recommended. If you are one of those people who has to eat as soon as you wake up, then try waiting about an hour or so before praticing yoga. Forward bends, twists or even backbends and inversions are super uncomfortable with a stomach full of undigested food. You have been warned.
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