The journey towards developing a home yoga routine can be daunting. Finding the time and space to show up on our mat each day is challenging, especially when you’re used to the structure of an in-person yoga class.
There’s no doubt about it, a home yoga practice requires dedication and commitment! But it’s important to remember that this is a right of passage for all yogis – and believe us, the rewards are tenfold! Learning how to practice yoga at home allows us space to really listen to our body and its needs, without the temptation of playing a comparison game with your neighbouring yogis.
More often than not, the biggest hurdle is simply showing up. Some days you’re going to feel bright and excited about your practice, others you might feel more like calling it quits in honour of a “duvet day.” (Nothing wrong with the odd one of those, might we add!) But if we can tune down the negative thinking and simply get ourselves onto our mats – regardless of how long we spend there – we’ve crossed the biggest hurdle.
Pattabhi Jois summed it up when he said, “Practice, practice and all is coming.”
12 Steps to Creating the Ultimate Home Yoga Practice
1. Create the right space
Creating an inspiring space for your practice is crucial for anyone looking to learn how to do yoga at home. It’s important to find somewhere open and clutter-free that creates a feeling of ‘space’.
2. Invest in a yoga mat you love
Whether you’re after something soft and cushy, or bright and cheerful, when you choose the right mat there’ll be no holding you back. We love Manduka mats!
3. Take advantage of our live online yoga classes
For anyone struggling to get started with practising yoga at home, the first step is about making use of the many resources out there, our live online yoga classes! Online yoga classes are a great way of getting you started on your home yoga journey, providing just enough structure and routine to build up your confidence to “go it alone”. And with a range of different lengths, styles and levels to choose from, there’s always something to fit your needs.
4. Choose your time accordingly
Take the time to tap into how you’re feeling. No two practices are going to be the same… Some days you’ll want a stronger, longer practice, others you might just want to do a few Sun Salutations and lie in Savasana. Allow yourself the flexibility to feel what you and your body really need.
5. Play some inspiring tunes
Soothing music normally works best to keep you feeling relaxed and focused… But if that’s not your scene, don’t limit yourself. Heavy metallers are into yoga too, you know! It’s all about creating an ambience that suits you.
6. Listen to your breath
Your breath is what’s going to guide your home practice, and tell you whether to push on or back off. Listen to it, and adapt each practice accordingly.
7. Let your body be your teacher
When it comes down to it, your body knows what it needs. Some days all the body really needs is a bit of time out… If that’s the case, maybe you just want to go into Child’s Pose and spend some time meditating. On the other hand, if your body feels like moving in new, wonderful ways explore it. A spontaneous solo dancing session is always a winner in our eyes!
8. Welcome the resistance
Resistance is part and parcel of life… Embrace the resistance rather than punishing yourself. The most important thing is that you make it to your mat, whether it’s for 5 mins or 50 mins – it makes no difference. Respect and appreciate where you’re at.
9. Never skip Savasana
Always give yourself the gift of Savasana, no matter the time constraints. This is where the magic really happens, providing you with an opportunity to absorb all the benefits of your practice.
10. Start small
It can take a while for a new commitment to turn into a habit. Respect that, and start with just a few minutes, working up to a longer practice when it feels comfortable.
11. Turn your phone on silent
This is YOUR time, and don’t let anyone or anything take it from you! If you’re joining Yogaia classes from the Yogaia app, make sure to turn off all notifications so your class doesn’t get interrupted.
12. Fall off the wagon… then get right back on
Falling off the wagon is normal – so don’t beat yourself up about it! Just be sure to get right back on and reward yourself that you did.
What is your biggest barrier to creating a daily yoga practice, and which of these steps resonates most with you? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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