Nothing feels as good as starting or ending the day with a restorative posture, a few sun salutations or 10 minutes of pranayama (breathing exercises).
However hard we try, sometimes life gets in the way and we can’t make it into the studio (we’ve all been there!). On these days, an at-home yoga practice can be a great way to continue to develop your practice.
Practicing at home means you can let your body guide the way, settle into your favourite postures for a few extra breaths and explore the muscles and joints that need a little extra love.
Having the discipline to practice at home can be difficult, even for the most seasoned yogi’s! When we’re not feeling ‘it’, it’s easy to find excuses why not to practice. Read our tips below on how to start your home yoga practice.
- Create a space for yourself
If you can, designate a space for yourself where you’d like to practice. This space could be out of the way in a quiet corner of the house, or in front of an east facing the window so you catch the morning rays. What works for you?
- Schedule time with yourself
More likely to be burning the midnight oil than rising with the sun? We all work to different sleep and wake rhythms, so work to your bodies natural pace and practice yoga at a time that suits you.
- You don’t need all the fancy kit
It’s great to have all the kit to play around with and support your practice at the studio, but don’t let the lack of it stop you practicing at home!
The wall can be excellent support, throw cushions from the sofa make great bolsters, a big book can make a great block and a long sock can become a strap for supporting a deeper stretch.
Even if you don’t have a mat yet, laying down a towel is a great way to designate a space for yourself to practice on.
- Messy hair don’t care
Now is the time to break out your oldest, full-of-holes, most comfortable pair of joggers. Want to stretch it out in your birthday suit? You do you, just be mindful of the neighbours.
- Keep it simple
Forget the complex balances and shoulder stands, keep it simple with a few sun salutations you know well. Writing a short list of the postures you’d like to practice can also be helpful to have at the top of your mat if you need guidance.
However you choose to practice, remember to listen to what your body needs and don’t push yourself too hard.
Giving thanks can be a nice way to end your home practice. Say thanks to your home for providing you with a supportive place to practice and a soft place to land, and say thank you to yourself for showing up on the mat in your own time, in your own home.