To do yoga at home is one of the best ways to ensure you practice it on a regular basis. You don’t have to take a class of one hour or two, with just 10 – 15 minutes each day you will notice the difference. The ideal is to practice yoga at home at least 5 times per week.
Why practice yoga at home? There are those who do it to keep in shape between a class and another, some just does yoga at home. The point is that it will help you to not lose the rhythm on your trip to inner self-awareness and physical strengthening.
The timing depends on you, you can do it in the morning when you wake up to face the day with energy and decision or in the afternoon – evening after work to relax.
Look for a quiet and ample space. You will need space enough to put your yoga mat and move comfortably. Don’t squeeze between furniture or stand against a wall. The space is very important so that you can concentrate and relax properly. If you wish, soften the atmosphere a little with quiet music, some chandles, incense … However you want!
Consider new challenges every week. Raising a weekly challenge will keep you alert and will keep your interest in continuing to practice yoga. Self-awareness consists in many things, but also in overcoming your own blockages and limitations. A new posture, a longer practice time … you decide.
Do not skimp on yoga products. One of the benefits of doing yoga at home is that it is free, or at least much cheaper than taking classes. The physical side yoga is not easy at the beginning, so you may need small aids that will help you start practicing certain asanas until you can do practice them without that help. We obviously talk about the mat, but also blocks, straps, blankets or cushions as well.
Meditation and solitude. Meditation has a very important place in yoga. When you practice yoga at home, do not skip it! Spend a few minutes on meditation and breathing exercises before beginning the sequences. Please note that it will help you a lot if there’s no people around you moving and making noise, try to settle in an emplty room or practice yoga when there is nobody else at home.
Choose a complete routine. In addition to the meditation and breathing exercises that will help you focus, choose asanas and settle sequences that work all the parts of the body. Try to make your sequences work at least your legs, back and arms. If you choose to do long routines, from 45 minutes onwards, you will have the possibility to variate much more.
Enjoy it! Do not choose postures or sequences that you don’t feel like doing or that are too complicated for you. Even when it comes to overcoming your own limitations, don’t force yourself to it, do it only when you feel really capable and eager. Otherwise, you may end up quitting yoga at home.
When you finish your practice, take a few minutes to relax. It is a way to close the session in a smooth way and not suddenly breaking the calm rhythm of yoga. Just as it is important to move from one asana to another fluently during practice, it is important to begin and end your session in a coherent, orderly and harmonious way. That is why meditation and relaxation are recommended when beginning and ending.
Knowing these basic details, we encourage you to start your yoga practice at home without fear and with determination. You will soon see the benefits that yoga brings to your daily life!
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