New to Yoga? Try These 10 At-Home Yoga Tips
If you think you have to practice yoga at a professional studio or gym, then you’ve been misled. Even beginner yoga practitioners can safely perform yoga poses at home. In fact, there is an abundance of resources to help you learn yoga without leaving your house or apartment.
It’s understandable to be nervous about teaching yourself yoga, but with these 10 at-home yoga tips, you’ll have what you need to get started.
Have an appropriate space
The first thing you will need to get started with yoga at home is a space to practice in. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and it doesn’t have to be devoted solely to yoga. You can use any room that has enough space for you to sit, stand, and move your body.
That being said, making the space feel conducive to yoga is also important. Yoga involves a certain state of mind that allows your body to relax and sink into the poses. To help with that, you can get a few yoga accessories, like a comfortable mat or soft music. Of course, many styles of yoga exist, so if you prefer hardcore and fast-paced, feel free to go with whatever music or accessories that move you into the right state of mind.
Choose a style and instruction
Speaking of styles, trying a few out will help you determine which ones work best for you. You don’t have to stick with the same yoga style every time you practice, either. You can easily find yoga instruction online in nearly any style you’d like to try.
Prepare your body for yoga
Most yoga advice you come across suggests practicing poses on an empty stomach, and it really is a good idea. Don’t let yourself reach a point where you are starving and can’t concentrate. Just be mindful to select a practice time that is before a meal or at least a couple of hours after one. The idea with yoga is to improve body function, and any kind of exercise directly after eating disrupts digestion.
Prepare your mind for yoga
In addition to creating the appropriate physical space for your yoga practice, you need to create a mental space to inhabit during this time. Think relaxed and focused.
Let’s talk about yoga clothes. They don’t need to be complicated. Wear what feels good and allows you to move your body in a full range of motion.
Even if you feel like the yoga routine you are practicing is not strenuous, a brief warm-up loosens and prepares your muscles. You can do something as simple as go for a walk and do some basic stretches.
Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Yes, it’s worth repeating because you should breathe steadily throughout every pose. Do not hold your breath.
Have no expectations
Whether you are watching others at a studio class or just watching the online instructor in a video, don’t compare what your body can do to others. Let go of expectations about what your body “should” be able to do in terms of flexibility or strength. Just focus on what you can do and express gratitude to your body.
Listen to your body
Related to the above tip, if your body is telling you to stop, then it’s time to stop. Don’t try to push that high lunge or cobra pose any further if any part of your body is telling you no.
Keep a schedule and keep expanding your practice
As a final tip, make a regularly schedule time for your yoga practice and savor that time. At each session of at-home yoga, you can improve your poses a little more and learn something new.