We are creatures of habit, so we must try to focus on good habits. One of these might be, guess what, practicing yoga at home! In fact, our home is the area where we feel most comfortable, so why not create a space dedicated to our yoga practice?
Yoga at home has advantages-it allows you to schedule your yoga practice whenever you want and without time constraints. If you have already practiced yoga, you probably already know its many benefits, such as increasing flexibility, managing stress, and improving sleep. Practicing yoga at home, can help you improve your mood, increase your strength and feel more confident. When you practice yoga at home, there is also the benefit of eliminating external distractions, which is a fundamental principle of yoga. Practicing and meditating in the solitude of your own space allows you to focus more on yourself.
Below are some ideas on how to set up your yoga area, the yoga accessories you will need, and some beginner asanas to start your yoga journey at home.
Why create a special space for yoga at home?
If you have already practiced yoga, you probably already know its many benefits, such as increasing flexibility, managing stress, and improving sleep. Practicing yoga at home, can help you improve your mood, increase your strength and feel more confident. When you practice yoga at home, there is also the benefit of eliminating external distractions, which is a basic tenet of yoga. Practicing and meditating in the solitude of your own space allows you to focus more on yourself,
- Surround yourself with plants to create a relaxing environment, and ideally reconnect more easily with nature.
- Tidy up the room to eliminate any items that might distract you in any way
- Limit electronic devices to only the one device where you are following the practice (if you need it).
- Maximize comfort with pillows: keep a bolster to sit on or to place behind your back or under your knees for optimal comfort during meditation or savasana. Also keep a blanket, socks or a light sweater available during savasana, when the body begins to cool down.
- Create an atmosphere with soothing lights perhaps using a salt lamp.
- If you have it available place a mirror as sometimes it can be useful to check if our asanas are correct.
Yoga accessories for yoga practice at home
You don't need many accessories, all you need is a yoga mat, if you want yoga blocks, a yoga strap for support to get into some asanas better. A blanket and a bolster for meditation.
Are you a beginner? Choose the style that suits you best
Now that you have recreated a suitable environment you can start with your yoga practice session at home. You can start with a vinyasa flow but reshaped at your own speed, or a restorative type of yoga, an Iyengar yoga. Whatever you decide to start with do it at your own pace and level and without overdoing the movements.
Here are some very famous asanas to get you started:
1. down facing dog (adho mukha svanasana).
This pose stretches the hamstrings and strengthens the limbs, as well as promotes blood flow to the brain. Begin on hands and knees, holding wrists directly below the shoulders. With your toes curled, push your hips back and straighten your legs, trying to keep your heels as close to the ground as possible. Breathe deeply and, if you feel a stiffening in your calves, "pedal out" of the dog by alternating knee bends. Stay here for a few breaths before continuing with the flow.
2. Bridge posture (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana).
This asana will help you strengthen the core. Lie on your back and bend your knees, keeping your feet flat and your arms along your sides, palms facing down. Inhale, pressing down on your feet to slowly lift your hips. Press the heels down to keep the hips lifted and the core taut. Stay here for a few breaths and then slowly lower back down.
3. Tree pose (Vrksasana).
This posture can help strengthen the legs and improve posture. Start standing with your feet firmly pressed on the mat. Inhale, place your hands in prayer and lift your right foot to press the sole of your foot on your left thigh or calf. Pressing the left foot to steady yourself, raise both arms. Hold for a few breaths, then repeat with the other leg.
4. Corpse pose (Savasana)
This posture can help the body and mind relax. Lie on your back, palms facing upward. To make the position more comfortable, you can place a pillow under your knees. Start breathing slowly and deeply, letting your whole body relax and feel heavy, from the soles of your feet to the top of your head. Try to stay present for about 5 minutes.
Follow a regular yoga routine at home
It is important to remember that implementing small changes in your yoga routine at home will have a big impact. Now that you have taken the time to create the necessary space, it is important to be prepared for any obstacles that will prevent you from having a regular yoga routine at home. Here are some tips for keeping your home practice alive.
Set your intentions
There is nothing more beautiful than accomplishing a goal you have set for yourself, especially if it involves health and wellness. Make it clear with yourself why you want to have a consistent yoga routine and write it down so you can remind yourself of your intentions when you are tempted to skip.
Create a weekly schedule for your yoga practice
Give your home yoga sessions the same importance as those you would have attended at an in-person shala. Put them in your schedule weekly, set an appointment in your smartphone calendar, and do your best not to miss it.
Prepare the room for the yoga session
Already prepare the room set up for the practice so you don't waste unnecessary time, perhaps looking for your yoga mat or yoga brick, which could be an alibi for skipping the session!
Consider enrolling in an online yoga class.
Especially if you are new to yoga, consider taking online yoga classes based on your level and preference of yoga style.Alternatively, you can consider taking private classes with a teacher who will follow your path. The important thing is not to undertake the practice independently with risk of injury to yourself.
The advantage is that you are in a comfortable and peaceful environment, and this will definitely help you stay in your present moment.
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