Make Your Yoga Space at Home
Updated: Apr 16, 2020
Making time for your yoga practice at home takes some attention and discipline - be kind to yourself with where you're at in the journey!
Just taking a few minutes a day to breath and move is a great benefit... soon, you'll find yourself practicing with more focus, for longer, because it feels GOOD and not because you feel you HAVE to.
Perhaps you start with a 15min meditation or a 20min chair yoga session... build up to a 30min Slow Flow or 45min Power Flow, and then join a 1hr class or 75min YinYang class for more variety. Tailor your yoga schedule to suit what you need for the week.
One of the most beautiful things about your home practice is that you can be as comfortable as you'd like in your own space, without being influenced by others' practice. Perhaps you take a break in class, skip a pose, add something else, or only join for the warm-up and take an extended savasana... our teachers always say "choose your own variation" and we mean it!
Here are some things we've learnt about creating your own home practice and it all starts with the space you choose =)
Find Your Space
Take a walk around your house and picture yourself practicing there regularly:
Is it a space you can have to yourself?
Can you find some quiet there?
Enough space to move your body around and stretch up and out?
If the above isn't possible, chat with the people in your home and find the best times that suit everyone; possibly when others are out for a walk or running errands.
Organise Your Space
To create a sense of spaciousness and calm you can tidy the space and shift things out of your direct sight. Some people like hanging art or you might be lucky enough to have a suitable tapestry; a plant or two can be comforting; a trinket that is special to you can raise the vibe in your surrounding space. A candle, incense, or essential oils nearby can also make your practice more welcoming.
You don't need to do anything over-the-top, however some simple attention to your physical environment can make a big difference to how you show up for your practice; less is more.
Choose Your Routine
Before you start each practice, you may like to light a candle, put some music on or enjoy a cup of tea. Creating a little ritual can be magical! It can also be as simple as paying attention to the steps to get setup (mat down first with care, playlist selection, and patiently waiting for livestream to begin).
It's a great way to help you 'arrive' into your practice at home.
You probably won't have a full range of yoga props to use at home...
The good news is you can get creative and find alternate options around your home!
A stool, blankets, towels, pillows, cushions, thick books, scarfs and tennis balls can all be used to your advantage.
Have these at the ready so you don't have to go searching the house before each practice =) Alternatively, you can explore how poses feel without props. This requires you to tune into your body and move safely within your boundaries... a great opportunity to build your body-mind-spirit connection!
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