“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” –Jim Rohn
"How do I start a home yoga practice?" is a question that I’ve been asked often over the years. Creating a home practice is a great way to get comfortable with yoga if you are uncomfortable practicing in a group and it’s also a great way to reinforce what you’ve learned in the studio as well. Here are a few tips for developing a consistent home yoga practice.
1. Create Space.
- You don’t need a separate room or anything fancy to get started. Pick a clutter-free spot and place a mat, blanket or towel on the floor.
- Preferably quieter than other places in your home.
- Minimize distractions to prevent your mind from drifting off. Take a break from social media, phone calls, text messages, emails by leaving your phone in another room or perhaps putting it on silent for the duration of your practice.
2. Make Time.
- Carve out as much or as little time as you can. This is YOUR practice. A home practice doesn't have to take 90 minutes; 10 to 20 minutes is plenty to start. After all, it's important to be realistic.
- It’s important to be consistent. Working yoga into your own schedule will be key to maintaining your practice. So whether it’s eleven o’clock at night, three in the morning, or during your lunch break find what works for you and commit to yourself.
3. Let’s Flow.
- Be sure to check with your physician before engaging in any of these wonderful yoga flows to be sure that they are right for you—better to be safe than sorry!
- Don’t be afraid to experiment. This is a unique opportunity to connect with yourself so just move around and breathe deep full inhales and exhales.
- Need a bit more structure? I’ve compiled a few of my favorite instructional yoga videos for you to add to your collection (and the best part is—they’re free!)
4. Resist The Urge
- The wonderful thing about practicing at home is you can wear whatever you feel like. We see all the images all over social media with people “cool gear” such as beads, high-end yoga pants, buddha statues but real talk, you don’t need any of that. Yoga isn’t about things; it’s about what’s happening on the inside, it’s about the way you feel.
Don’t be afraid to show up for yourself. All this might seem really indulgent but self-care is the key to maintaining your life. If you are down for the count everything stops but if you pause for just a moment for some maintenance work you ensure that all things will keep running in all aspects of your life. Don’t forget that your body changes from day to day so focus on what it needs in the current moment. Shelf any desire for perfectionism. Just show up in your space and practice with ease and joy.