I love practicing yoga, but am not terribly fond of yoga classes. I practice yoga at home several times a week to stretch my muscles, build core strength, and alleviate anxiety. The truth is that you don’t need an instructor and lots of other people around you to have rewarding yoga practices. Read on to find out how I practice yoga at home.
Get a Mat
It sounds obvious, I know, but I used to practice yoga without a mat. When I finally broke down and purchased one, I couldn’t believe the difference that it made in my practice. Though you may think it’s just as easy to do yoga on the floor, you really need to get a yoga mat.
The mat becomes a place you can return to in order to get away from the rest of the world. Practicing yoga on a mat as opposed to on the floor differentiates your yoga space from all other space. Mentally, your mat becomes a sort of peaceful oasis.
Find a Peaceful Atmosphere
Yoga is supposed to be relaxing, so be selective when choosing a place to unroll your mat. You should choose a room with no distractions. Make sure you can’t hear the TV in the other room. Close the door and ask others not to disturb you.
Your yoga space should have low lights. You might even consider lighting a few candles, but be sure you place them far enough away from your mat that you won’t knock them over.
Establish Your Routine
The beauty of home practice means that you are free to invent your own yoga routine. Sequence your favorite poses together to make your own unique flow and create space in all areas of your body.
Another option for your home practice is yoga videos. Videos provide the structure of a class without having to leave your house. DoYogaWithMe.com is an excellent resource for free yoga videos. There is a great variety of videos for all experience levels.
Be Extra Careful
Home yoga practice is a wonderful thing, but when you practice at home you are missing out on the benefit of having an instructor. For this reason, it is especially important to listen to your body when practicing at home.
If a pose hurts you, stop it immediately. Don’t push yourself. If you’re feeling overexerted, take yourself back to Child’s Pose for a rest.