It is often times quite difficult to keep to a consistent home yoga practice, as the home provides many distractions and lacks the push of a physically present teacher. That said, a home practice is a great way to get your yoga going and there are ways to help make home practice more inviting! Here, I share some tips that may be useful to help make your home yoga practice a great one!
Find A Special Space
Designating a special space just for you and your mat can significantly impact the likeliness of you coming back to your mat. Keep this space clear of anything else. Decorate your space to make it comfortable and inviting. Curate your space, add inspirational items like quotes, meditation books or even photos of your loved ones; that may motivate your practice.
Amp Up The Scents
Aromatherapy is a magnificent mean to bring some magic into your designated space to practicing! Natural oils extracted from parts of a plant can heal or enhance the practitioners’ physical well-being. Aromatherapy will increase your concentration and uplift your mood. Use a diffuser or scented candle at your designated yoga space during practice. Don’t know which oil to try? Eucalyptus is a great one to start with as it helps you breathe better!
Certain music or sounds can play a huge role when it comes to reducing anxiety and stress, therefore enabling your mind to reach a more meditative state. An adequate playlist will also help slow down your breathing, enabling seamless deep inhalations and exhalations. The type of music you play will largely vary upon your personality and yoga style you are practicing. Upbeat tunes are a great selection if you’re practicing Yin yoga, whereas slow and soothing tunes might be more beneficial at the end of your practice.
Enroll In An Online Yoga Class
Spice things up by joining an online yoga class! The offering of free yoga classes online is vast. This allows you to narrow down your search by teacher, style of yoga and even the duration of the class! Making it a great way to find the class that fits you the best.
Online classes will enrich your perspective of the practice and the guidance of a yoga teacher will provide you with good alignment cues that you can then incorporate to your own practice.
End with a flourish by incorporating meditation. Not only will it help you feel energized and rejuvenated to start the day, but will also clear your mind and prevent unnecessary wandering, both mentally and physically. Through meditation you can lower your stress levels and it’s a great way to cope with depression. Simply take 10 minutes at the end of your yoga practice. Sit on your mat, relax and meditate.
For beginners, guided meditation may be the best way to go about it. There are also practical meditation apps available on the web to guide you through!