Certainly there are many great reasons to practice at home. However, there are also many challenges to maintaining your practice routine. Below are a few helpful tips and ideas on how to start and
maintain an at home yoga practice. Practicing at home may never replace the fun of a yoga class full of friends, but practicing at home does have much to offer students if you have the motivation to start.
Find An Instructor You Love
Practicing at home is no different than practicing in a studio in this respect, all of us benefit from having an instructor who motivates us. Luckily, practicing at home offers up a huge number of instructors
online. You can literally choose from instructors all over the world.
Mix Up Your Sequences And Classes
Make sure to give yourself a variety of classes so you don't fall into a rut by practicing the same class over and over. Keep it fresh.
Practice Shorter Classes
Of course, with busy schedules it's always difficult to find time to squeeze in our exercise. Practicing at home makes this even harder because home is filled with distractions of every kind. It's a good idea at
home to start with shorter classes, maybe 20-30 minutes, that way you won't be as tempted to blow it off because of time restraints and you can move on to your other responsibilities sooner.
If You Have A Hardwood Floor - Use it
If you're fortunate enough to have a hardwood floor at home, you should practice on it. Carpet will work fine for many classes, but it can also make some postures more challenging, such as balancing poses.
You don't want to become discouraged because the floor is making your practice suffer and causing frustration.
Practice In A Bright Room
Many yogis find it easier to practice in a bright room. The light can help with energy and also balance.
Try To Play Your Class On Your TV
Most of you will find it easier to practice your classes if the class is playing on a larger screen. It can be more difficult if the class is playing on a small screen such as a phone or tablet.
Many sites offer Roku Channels for TV streaming, or the ability to download the class and then play it back on a larger screen.
Think Of The Money You're Saving
Naturally, most of us have financial concerns in our life. Practicing at home can be a big money saver. Yoga classes and studio memberships aren't usually cheap, especially in bigger cities like
Los Angeles and New York. If nothing else, practicing at home can supplement your studio practice, help advance your practice and save you some money.
Take It Slow And Be Careful
Take time to know your limits. Practice classes that match your level, research certain poses to make sure you have proper alignment. There are endless videos online which offer great
posture instruction. You don't want to hurt yourself and derail your practice.