3 Ways To Get The Most Out of Your At-Home Yoga Practice
Practicing yoga at home is a great way to focus all of your attention on what you want to achieve from the practice for your own needs. Setting up your own playlist and flowing through your practice at your own pace and duration is always great. You can practice anytime and anywhere at home too but, there are some challenges when it comes to staying consistent with your at-home practice.
When you attend a studio, signing up for a class in advance is usually the case, and there is a fee. While at home, no one is waiting for you and the practice is free, so it’s easy to not stay consistent. Instead of practicing on your mat, sometimes you end up laying on your mat scrolling on Instagram for an hour… Your practice should never feel like a chore or something that you HAVE to do. It should be fun; make you feel good, and feel very rewarding when you have finished.
Here are 3 ways to help you get the most out of your at-home yoga practice and to reconnect with why you continue to come back to this practice.
Get The Most Out of Your At-Home Yoga Practice
Create a sacred space
Whether this is a separate room in your house, or your living room, or even a bedroom, setting up the mood for your own personal class helps so much. Dimming the lights, lighting a few candles, or burning some sage or incense can make you feel like you are right back at your favourite yoga studio. What does your favourite yoga teacher do to set up the tone for your class? Do the same thing for yourself! If you create a space that is inviting and it makes you want to return back to it, you will have a much easier time returning back to your practice and a more fulfilling one.
Watch yoga videos
Even yoga teachers sometimes want to be led by another instructor. Sometimes what holds us back from practicing can be the idea that we have to come up with a flow sequence to practice. Thankfully, there are so many different types of yoga to try (Hatha, Restorative, Kundalini, Vinyasa) on Youtube. You can search up whatever type of yoga you feel like and then find a few teachers to learn from. It can be overwhelming sometimes as there are so many videos that are offered. Try to find a teacher that resonates with you and someone who you can connect with.
Set time aside
Schedule your practice into your weekly calendar. Setting time aside and planning ahead for your yoga practice as if you were going to your favourite studio is a great way to hold yourself accountable. A great achievable practice is 3-4 days a week. When you are scheduling out your week in your calendar, add your classes in! If you are a morning person, schedule a 6 am-7 am class. If you are a night owl, schedule a class before bed from 9 pm-10 pm. (Nothing feels better than crawling into bed after an incredible practice). If you work from home and it works for you, schedule in a quick ‘pick me up’ lunch flow. Never feel guilty for setting this time aside for yourself. You deserve it and it’s your own time to give yourself some TLC.
Most importantly, relax, enjoy and have fun! Put on some comfy clothes, make a tea, turn your music loud, and enjoy all of the benefits that yoga has to offer.
Hope Monaco is a certified yoga teacher. She creates easy, simple, and delicious plant-based recipes for all on her website, www.localplanteater.com
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