One of the best ways to practice what you learn in yoga class and really incorporate yoga into your lifestyle is to do yoga at home. Practicing yoga in private can also enhance the meditative state that you experience while doing yoga and allow you to reflect better on what’s happening with your body and mind. So that you get the most out of your home yoga practice, here are 5 tips on how to do yoga at home.
Make a dedicated space
Not everyone has the luxury of extra space, but if you can carve out a nook for your yoga practice, you should definitely take advantage of it. Having a space dedicated to your practice, with everything always set up and ready to go, will encourage you to practice more often and integrate it into your daily life.
Invest in a sticky mat
Is it possible to do yoga without a yoga mat, or “sticky mat”? Of course it is. But it is a lot easier to find your footing and hold a position with one. If you have hard floors in your home, a yoga mat will provide a thin cushion that will make your practice much more comfortable. And if you have carpeted floors, a sticky mat will provide much needed traction for your hands and feet.
Buy the right gear
As mentioned above, a yoga mat is something you will definitely want to have at home for your home yoga practice. Practically everything else, though, is optional. Don’t feel pressure to buy yoga blocks or bands if you don’t want to, especially if you have never used them in class and don’t even know what they’re for. If your teacher regularly uses these props in class, however, it may be wise to invest in a set for home use.
Build a yoga library
Beginners can feel overwhelmed and a bit lost when they have to do yoga at home without their teacher guiding them. Building a small library of yoga DVDs is a great way to build confidence in your yoga practice at home. You can even supplement it with books and CDs with guided breathing exercises.
Set the mood
Yoga is more than just a great workout – it’s a total mind/body experience. A large component of yoga is actually special breathing exercises and meditation, so if there is something you can do to your home yoga space to get you into that mood, go for it! You might consider some meditation or new age music to set the tone for your yoga practice, or simply raising the blinds and opening the window to get some fresh air. Anything that makes you feel more connected to your mind, body and yoga practice is a good thing.