Many people have already tapped into the wonderful world of yoga. These people understand the health benefits of practicing yoga on a daily basis. Yoga reduces stress, helps to relieve a lot of back pains, increases one’s lifespan, and is the perfect low-stress “exercise” to do at home. If you have never practiced the art of yoga, you may want to start at home, rather than join an organized class.
There are usually beginner yoga classes located somewhere near you. However, you may opt not to go to classes because you are self-conscious about your body, or you have small children who will need care. Most yoga studios do not offer childcare. Practicing yoga at home seems like the most obvious solution to cover both problems. If you make the choice to practice yoga at home, there are some things you should keep in mind:
Yoga is a relatively cheap way to exercise your body and your mind. The only item you need to start is a sticky mat. Sticky mats allow you to better grip the surface when you are in certain positions. Don’t purchase a cheap mat, find one that is soft enough, and sticky enough for home use. If you are in the market for unique yoga mats, take a look at some of best ones I have ever found. Ask questions until you find just what you need.
There are many videos available online, and for home purchase, that will teach beginning (and beyond) yoga. It is always a good idea to learn as much about what it is that you want to obtain through your yoga practice, and then learn what you can about the background of your yoga instructor to be sure that your requirements will be met. That said, as your practice evolves, your needs will continue to shift, change, and grow in depth as you do.
Yoga props and items will not cost you a small fortune, and practicing at home will save you tons of money that you would have to pay for an organized class.
Now that you have your supplies, and are certain you want to practice yoga at home, think “discipline”. If you joined an organized class you would go at a certain time, on certain days. Set up a similar routine for yourself at home. Practicing at the same time, for the same length of time, will further bring serenity into your life.
Start by setting up your personal yoga space. You will need an area that is uncluttered and gives you enough room to stretch your body every which way. Make this area a calm, serene place to be: add artwork and objects that will help create a feeling of peace and tranquility as you work your mind and body through yoga.
There are hundreds of different ways to practice yoga. You need to find the style that fits you and stay with that style. Most beginners find that the Kripalu or Iyengar yoga styles help them learn both proper alignment and positioning much quicker than other methods.
If you don’t have a video to help you learn yoga, or even if you do, it might be wise to take at least one class to learn the proper techniques involved in practicing yoga. You may even be able to get a yoga instructor to come to your home to help you get started. The purpose of yoga is to enhance the body as well as the mind. Learning the proper way to do so will ensure that you receive the maximum benefits from doing yoga at home.
Of course, the beauty of the internet provides helpful yoga DVD courses, books and even yoga flash cards which you can purchase and have delivered to your front door. When I was immersed in my yoga teacher training, we were advised to read this book and this book as an extensions of our learning. I highly recommend them for deepening your yoga practice.
What if you find certain aspects of both home practice and out-of-the-home structured classes attractive? Then you may want to look into joining an online yoga club. This gives you access to podcasts, user guides and video direction from trained yoga masters, available in your particular time frame, and in the privacy of your home. And there are smartphone applications which allow you to complement your at-home yoga practice with on the go, anywhere availability. (access a free yoga pose guide here to help you get started)
Whether learning yoga at home versus in a structured class setting, you can access the many mind and body benefits this simple, spiritual and physical exercise delivers.