Building Your At-Home Practice
As we’ve transitioned to more at-home activities in the past year, we found some changes easier than others. Something that many of us have tried to adapt to were homemade workout routines and yoga practices. Many also struggled to find their flow in these routines at home, and eventually gave up.
We’re here to help you get rid of that feeling of uncertainty you too frequently experience when you’re active at home. We understand just how important yoga is for your body, and we want you to experience the same benefits you would in a yoga studio or in-person class! Below are four tips to help you find ease in your practice, and who knows, maybe you’ll find the perfect practice for you that you’ll continue to use even as we transition back into ‘normal’ life!
Here are four helpful tips to help you make the most of your at-home yoga practice:
1. Find the space – If possible, choose a location in your home that allows you to move without having to worry about bumping into tables or shelves. Find a location that has minimal distractions so you can feel connected to your practice.
2. Listen to your body – Whether you are a first-time yoga student, or an expert instructor, it is essential to listen to what your body tells you. Be aware of your boundaries and how far you can push your body to avoid injury or an unpleasant practice. Also be mindful of the pleasant sensations you feel, and make the effort to integrate more of those poses into your flow!
3. Don’t give up – Practicing yoga at home can be a daunting experience for many, so we encourage you to approach it with an open, adaptable mind. The beauty of an at home practice is the flexibility it provides you! You can choose to practice at any time, and any pace. You also have the power to follow a video, blog, or online class, or you can develop your own practice by yourself. The possibilities are endless!
4. Turn your practice into a habit – Once you have found a practice that you feel suits your body and needs, take the time to turn it into a habit. Maybe you will choose to practice everyday when you wake up, or maybe you will practice on days you are off work early – whatever you choose, find what works for you and stick to it. When you form a habit, you are creating neurological cravings that give you the desire to want to repeat that specific behaviour again. This will help you feel more motivated to do yoga, and you are much more likely to experience the positive effects of yoga!