Wouldn’t you love to be one of those people who practice yoga at home every day, effortlessly? If you’re new to yoga, the best way to build a strong foundation is to get a hands-on attention from a teacher. But if you are tight on a budget or time, it’s possible to build a solid yoga practice and create a sustainable home practice on your own. In this article, I will share some of the tips to help you get started on it.
1.Create a sacred space
If you have a spare room, rolling out your mat there all the time can be inviting. Some of us don’t have that luxury, so try your best to find a quiet and peaceful spot for your practice. Whether it’s a corner of your bedroom, your back porch, or a section of a living room, find a place a space big enough for your mat for fluid movement. Amp up the ambiance a notch by lighting a candle or two.
2. Start slow and select a time
You can start with just 15-20 minutes. There’s no need to dive into a 45-minute section right off the bat. Starting slow will help you stay committed to your new activity because the time length will not seem daunting. Every day, try your best to be on the mat at the same time. A regular routine will help train your mind to crave the practice. Your transition will become seamless and automatically built into your busy schedule.
3. Pick pose wisely
The first question you should always ask is what your body and mind need. Sometimes you feel like being active and sometimes you may need a more resilient, restorative type of practice to quiet your thoughts and body. If you don’t know, we can help you find a perfect style or routine or you can pick something (it’s hard to go wrong) to start.
4. Stay safe and prevent injuries
Properly warm up your body before you begin and before you attempt more advanced poses. Be particularly mindful during the transition between poses — those are the moments we pay less attention to and therefore are more prone to accidents. Also, always watch out for your body’s vulnerable areas such as knees, hips, neck or spine. If you feel pain, then adjust, soften or come out of a pose. Do not push or force it.
5. Have the essentials on hand
If you’re an advanced yogi, we suggest a 10-minute yoga sequence from Jennifer Aniston’s yoga trainer, Mandy Ingber or YogaYorks. If you’re a beginner, considering picking an online class to learn about how to build a solid yoga foundation and the essential tools you should have at home to compliment your practice and provide the instruction you need. My advice is to pick the program that ‘speaks to you’ and go for it. Roll out your mat, and press play!
6. Enjoy your practice!
If you don’t enjoy your yoga, it’s almost impossible to keep it up. So don’t over do it!
7. Savasana after a practice
It’s vital to allow your body to relax after a yoga workout. The nervous system needs time to benefit the soothing effects it has gained during the practice.