How to bring your yoga practice home in 5 easy steps
If you are anything like me, it can be very hard to drag yourself out of bed during the cold winter months at 5:30am to make it to the early morning Yoga class you loved all summer long.
So why not make your living room your Yoga studio? Here are some tips from Vitality 4 Life for how to bring your Yoga practice into your home.
1. Put together your routine
Yoga truly is best practiced under the guidance of a professional. For this reason, I recommend buying a DVD, subscribing to a Podcast or talking to a Yoga instructor to put together a few different routines that you can do at home.
Make sure you have a couple different routines available to you so you can vary your practice according to your mood, length of time, and how your body is feeling emotionally and physically.
2. Set up a comfortable space
You want to make sure that you have a space to practice in that gives you not only enough room for all of your poses, but also makes you feel relaxed.
You will be more likely to do your practice if you have a dedicated space or a space that can be easily cleared. Personally, I like to open the curtains and and let some fresh light and air in and put on some tranquil music. Whatever you do, just make sure you have an adequate amount of space and you feel relaxed and open to your practice.
3. Make an appointment with yourself
Treat your at-home Yoga practice like you would an appointment or date. Decide how many times a week you want to practice and allow yourself enough time to make it happen. Remember, when your alarm goes off at 6:30 you only have to make it as far as the living room.
Choose a time when you won’t be disturbed by family members or roommates or the phone. Decide how often and how long you want to practice for. And give yourself permission to make some Yoga sessions short and sweet. The great thing about practicing Yoga at home is that you can choose your workout depending on the length of time you have, the mood your in or how you are feeling physically.
4. Keep a yoga journal
Start a Yoga journal that allows you to track your routines and progress. Track your moods, emotions, menstrual cycles, how your body feels, the length of each work out and all of your attempts and progressions.
I was amazed how much more in tune I became with my mind and body after I started journaling my Yoga practices.
5. Just do it
This is the most important aspect of doing Yoga at home- just do it. Have you woken up before your alarm? Why not squeeze in a quick Yoga workout? Watching a movie or favourite TV show? Why not go through a Yoga cycle while you do it?
You don’t have to get too creative, remember the practice is about you and no one else so there is really no way for you to go wrong.