One of the most beautiful aspects of Yoga is it gives much more than it receives.
You do not need to buy any expensive equipment or maintain an extravagant space to practice yoga at home. This is why yoga has evolved as a favorite type of exercise.
This great science of internal healing and balance has been with us for centuries and is undoubtedly in for a long haul.
But, for some, hitting a yoga studio or a group yoga class is just not an option for many reasons. Those who wish to experience the transformations that yoga provides can start a yoga practice at home and reap the benefits.
If you want to learn how to practice yoga at home to stay healthy and balanced, here are 9 tips for a home yoga practice.
How to Practice Yoga at Home
1. Pick and Sanctify a Spot
Take a tour through your house, only this time from a yogi’s point of view. Feel it and pick a neat corner space by the window overlooking the deep blue sky or the patio outside, whatever it is – it should speak to you and inspire you to spend some quiet yogic moments of solace.
Once you pick a spot, it is time to sanctify it for a yoga and meditation practice.
Tidy up the space of any distractions or obstructions such as furniture, dirt, smells, etc;
You can even create an altar space consisting of candles, incense sticks, for purity and inspiration. Let the backdrop hum with Mantra chanting for a meditative practice.
2. Choose a Convenient Time
Do not let your home practice be an ‘anytime’ kind of a deal. Discipline is necessary for Yoga, regardless of the location or time.
Pick a time frame that suits you best and stick to that time frame on a regular basis for at least 15 days before you change your time slot. An early morning yoga practice is ideal. But, you can pick an evening time too.
3. Arrange Basic Props and Accessories
Set your practice by a wall as the wall acts as an excellent prop for practicing inversions. Also, keep a selection of props such as a yoga block, bolster, straps, etc., Invest in a good quality Yoga Mat with a non-abrasive, non-sticky surface.
A good mat will facilitate a supportive-yoga practice. The props come in handy for restorative yoga asanas and also when doing advanced level poses.
4. Invest in Flexible Sturdy Yoga Wear
Do not go about wearing anything to a home-based yoga practice. A careful selection of the right yoga wear is essential, irrespective of the practice location. Sure, the style, color, and print might not matter as much as much. But a sturdy, sweat-wicking, stretchable, and the highly-breathable fabric is vital to your practice.
5. Stick to a Particular Sequence
Pre-plan a sequence and stick to it for 21 days before you bring modifications to it. You can seek the guidance of a yoga teacher to suggest a sequence that works best for you. Or you can design a basic one on your own.
Ideally, the sequence should consist of the following segments:
- Opening Poses(Warm-Up)
- Sun Salutations
- Seated Poses
- Forward Bends
- Closing Poses for Restoration and a cool down
Always conclude the practice with 5 minutes in Savasana and at least 10 minutes of Meditation.
6. Revive Your Practice With a Studio or Online Yoga Class
While sticking to a pre-designed sequence for a period is essential, it is vital to keep modifying and reviving the practice according to the development of your body and mind.
So, you may want to pay a visit to a yoga studio or check out online yoga and learn to revive your practice.
Instruction from a teacher will help you open up to your body, understand it more in-depth, and help with the right sequence for you to follow. It will also keep you motivated and hooked to a regular home practice.
7. Ensure a Safe Practice
Since you will be practicing at home without any supervision, the responsibility of your body will lie completely on you.
To ensure a safer yoga practice, pay a closer attention to the alignment and adjustment of the postures especially during the transition from one asana to another. Make careful use of the props for perfecting the alignment and transitions. If possible, then practice by a mirrored wall where you can scrutinize as well as analyze your postures in detail during the performance.
An important tip: Never force your body into an asana. Instead, understand it and push it to a safe limit.
8. Be Consistent
Be consistent and disciplined. The Rest will come. When a consistent practice is compromised, the body breaks and is unable to reach the desired goal. Hence, a consistent practice goes a long way.
9. Enjoy and Self-Appreciate
I hope these 9 tips on how to practice yoga at home give you the confidence to begin. Appreciate yourself even for a minor achievement and gradually build your goals and level higher. Enjoying the yoga practice is crucial to its success.
Following the practice with a yogic diet will add wonders to your home-based yoga practice. A clean diet will revive you from deep within while witnessing a gradual mind-body transformation taking place. It is a magical feeling to accomplish this on your own. Truly a mark of victory!