I began my yoga practice at home, in my living room by watching Youtube videos and following along. I made the decision to commit to 30 days of yoga. At first it seemed a little intimidating, I didn’t think I would be any good at yoga because I wasn’t flexible and had no balance but I wanted to start practicing yoga to help with my anxiety. I quickly fell in love with yoga and after the 30 days I continued to practice 5 to 6 days a week.
Here are 5 tips for starting a yoga practice at home:
1.) Create a yoga space. It doesn’t need to be fancy and you don’t need a ton of room just somewhere you can roll out your mat and practice without a ton of distractions.
A few things to have in your yoga space:
• A yoga mat
• A towel
• Yoga blocks, a yoga wheel, straps and any other accessories you might use during your practice.
2.) Find a style you enjoy. There are many different styles of yoga. Try a few different styles to see which styles you enjoy so that you will want to get on your mat everyday and you will truly enjoy your practice.
A few different styles I recommend trying:
• Hatha- Hatha yoga refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. When a class is called a hatha class it will most likely be a slower paced yoga class that covers the basic postures.
• Vinyasa- Vinyasa is my personal favorite style of yoga. Vinyasa is where your breath is synchronized with your movement. Vinyasa movements can be almost dance-like and they flow smoothly.
• Ashtanga- Ashtanga yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. There are three groups of movement sequences: The Primary Series, The Intermediate Series and the Advanced Series. Each series of postures must be accomplished before proceeding to the next.
• Buti Yoga- Is a practice that fuses power yoga with cardio-intensive tribal dance and body sculpting primal movement. Buti Yoga utilizes the Spiral Structure Technique to sculpt and tone the deep abdominal muscles that stabilize and strengthen the body.
• Yin Yoga- Yin yoga is a slower paced yoga class that focuses on holding postures for longer periods of time.
3.) Find online instructors you love. There are many yoga teachers with online classes now and you should find a few that you enjoy listening to and watching. You don’t want to stream a class from an instructor whose voice you can’t stand.
A few instructors I suggest trying:
• Leigha Butler- I love her YouTube channel. Her content is free and her flows are beautiful and leave you feeling great.
• Bizzie Gold- She is the founder of Buti Yoga. You can try out her classes by going to Butiyoga.com.
• Kino Yoga- Her YouTube channel is how I started my home yoga practice and where I fell in love with the practice. She has a ton of tutorials, some Ashtanga classes and some great beginner classes.
• Allie Van Fossen (The Journey Junkie)- Her YouTube channel is called Allie- The Journey Junkie and she is another amazing yogi who has great content and flows that everyone can follow along with.
• Erin Kelly (@erinkellyart) & Steph Gongora(@casa_colibri)
They recently released their online class bundles. You can find their bundles at erinkellyart.com or at casa_colibri.com. I love their plan on cody app as well.
• Rachel Brathen (@yoga_girl)
You can find her classes online at one0eight.com along with several other instructors you can try classes from.
4.) Listen to your body. Don’t feel bad about taking a modification when you need to. When I first started practicing I came onto my knees for Chaturanga. If your wrists are hurting in Downward facing dog you could try dropping onto your forearms into dolphin pose to relieve stress from your wrists.
You don’t want to force yourself into a pose that you are not ready for. That is when injuries are more likely to happen. This is your journey, take it at your own pace and keep it safe.
5.) Practice. Practice. Practice. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it’s ok to be a beginner. Nobody starts off as a pro. We all fumble, fall and some days we are not as strong and flexible as other days. Just roll out your mat and practice.
Creating a home practice will benefit you whether you are someone who goes to a yoga class 3 times a week or somebody who has never practiced yoga before. If you’re a seasoned yogi a home practice offers you the chance to stay and play in certain postures longer than you could in a regular class which could help advance your practice and if you are new to the practice it offers you the freedom to practice around your own schedule and try different styles that may not be available in your local area yet.
I hope these tips help you create a yoga practice at home that you love. Remember consistency is key so commit to 30 days of yoga at home. When the 30 days is over you’ll see how it changes your practice and your life and I’m sure you will have a new habit, that’s good for you. Have fun, be safe and embrace your journey yogis.