There are many reasons for wanting to do yoga at home.
1. You can go at your own pace.
2. It can fit in with your own schedule if you can’t make it to a class.
3. You just plain want to practise in private.
Yet its hard to get going. Obstacles that can prevent you from cultivating a yoga practise at home are many and ranging but the main ones could be:
There are too many distractions at home.
I don’t know what to do?
So how do we overcome these barriers? Well with the following simple steps you too could begin to practise yoga at home.
Set the scene
Creating the right atmosphere is important. It’s traditional to have a clean space, free from distractions and clutter. Yet not all of us have a spare room or space that you can dedicate solely to Yoga or can have the time or indeed anywhere to tidy all the “stuff ” away. So my advice is all you actually need is just enough space for your yoga mat and perhaps something else to put you in the mood. This “something else” will help to take your mind away from those distractions. For me it’s lighting an incense stick. This immediately makes me feel relaxed and signals to my body that “hey it yoga time”. This was particularly useful when I lived in a small one bed-roomed flat. I’d roll out my mat in front of my sofa and once the incense stick was alight it didn’t matter about all the other stuff that was in the room and oh was it crowded with a lot of stuff! It doesn’t necessarily need to be incense, just something that works for you. It could be really anything such as a flower, a scented candle or something fun like a little frog statue doing yoga.
Now I’m here what do I do?
So you’ve got your space and the time to indulge in some “me” time. What do you do? This can be the hardest part. Practising yoga at home can be a wonderful journey of self discovery which all sounds very romantic but as with all journeys you don’t really realise what you’ve learnt till you’re at your destination. So to get you there you can do a lot worse than investing in a yoga DVD or finding an online yoga class. There are literally thousands on YouTube of very good quality. The choices can be a bit overwhelming so what I would suggest is find out what “style” of yoga you like. Perhaps you’ve been to class before and loved it. Ask the teacher or studio what style it was such as Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, or Hatha. Then use these keywords in a Google or YouTube search. Look for quick a 10 minute class to get a flavour of the teacher and see if you like them. This is not a plug for my own videos by the way, no actually it is. Apologies but if you’d like to try my gentle yoga videos that would be wonderful. Thank you small cheeky plug over.
Once you’ve been practising for a while, could be a week, could be several years you will find when you go to your mat you will have an idea of what you want to do. It will happen intuitively and does not need to forced in any way. Practising yoga in the privacy of your own home can be a wonderful moving meditation. Just you, your mat and your Yoga. A tonic you can return to whenever you need it.
Should I practise Yoga everyday?
This is a question that is asked so frequently and I would say a resounding “No”. Practise as little or as much as you wish. Your physical yoga practise does not need to become another “chore”. So when starting practising Yoga at home start gently and when it’s convenient. For when it’s easy, it’s far more likely to become part of your life and routine. It also does not necessarily need to be in the morning either. I hear most people prefer to do their yoga in the early mornings. This has never really worked for me. I’m really stiff and not in the mood at all. Personally my favourite time to practise is at sunset, my day is almost over and I can fully relax. Everyone is different. So do not let any assumptions of when and how you should practise Yoga put you off. There are literally no rules other than the ones you set for yourself. Find a time that works for you, experiment a little and above all have fun!