Practicing yoga at home has never been easier. Yoga is a worthwhile personal, spiritual practice for everyone no matter what age, shape, size, gender, background, status, or fitness level. The best thing about it is that you can take all its mindfulness and tranquility benefits with you no matter where you go, or no matter what time of day.
Once it becomes a regular practice for you, yoga shouldn’t feel like a chore; it just becomes a normal, healthy part of your everyday routine. You’ll feel overall well-balanced once you turn it into a habit. Most of all, you can learn and do it all by yourself in the comfort of your own home!
- Top Reasons Why Doing Yoga at Home Could Be a Better Option for You
- 1. Practice at the Same Place at the Same Time
- 2. Schedule It, Time It, Commit to It
- 3. Remove all Distractions
- 4. Create Your Own Sacred Space
- 5. Don’t Forget Your Favorite Yoga Necessities
- 6. Try Using Other Props
- 7. Devise a Plan
- 8. Find Resources, Communities, & Even Go to a Weekend Class!
- 9. Challenge Yourself! Start Practicing Longer and More Often
- 10. Track Your Progress
Top Reasons Why Doing Yoga at Home Could Be a Better Option for You
While you can certainly join and practice regularly with other fellow yoga aficionados at a local yoga studio, sometimes it’s just more practical to do it all at home. You can avoid the traffic; get to save time, energy, and even money.
If you are new to yoga, this article will help you with beginner yoga exercises.
The above are just some of the top reasons why many yogis choose to do yoga at home instead of the local studio, but apart from these, doing yoga at home (especially if you’re still a beginner), can help you turn your practice into an even more regular and consistent habit.
Furthermore, you can connect with the practice on a deeper, more personal level, amplifying its benefits as you practice it privately at home.
Here Are 10 Tips for Practicing Yoga at Home
1. Practice at the Same Place at the Same Time
Yoga for beginners at home requires committing to your at home yoga workout at the same place and at the same time each day. Doing this allows you to establish your yoga practice as a routine, which is very important when you are trying to begin something new—or anything new—whether it be a simple mindfulness practice, beginner or advanced yoga at home, or a full commitment to healthy living.
Practicing at the same place, at the same time just helps you to easily turn it into routine.
2. Schedule It, Time It, Commit to It
Just as you would do with any important event, meeting, or appointment, it’s important to pencil in your scheduled time doing yoga at home so you will not forget it! You can write it down in your planner or add it to your online calendar (you can try Calendy) if you’re more tech savvy.
Adding it to your daily to-do list and setting an alarm reminder will not just help you remember to do it daily or regularly, the act of noting it down actually helps in holding you more accountable to the practice, making you more likely to commit to it long-term.
Just remember that whatever you do and no matter what happens, don’t skip your schedule! Even if you have to practice in just 10 or 15 minutes, just do it.
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3. Remove all Distractions
Of course, it will also help to let your friends and family members know about your scheduled yoga time, requesting them especially to give you space and a strictly ‘Do Not Disturb’ me-time during your scheduled practice.
When you have the support of those people around you, you are even more likely to keep with your schedule and commit to your new habit.
Of course, also make the personal commitment to avoid all other distractions like your own cellphone, TV, computer, etc. Remove them from your sacred space (transfer them to a different room) so you’re not tempted to deviate for your scheduled home session.
4. Create Your Own Sacred Space
Creating your own special place for practicing yoga at home is also just as important as how or when you do it. If you practice yoga in a cluttered room with lots of distractions, it may not help you focus. Make sure that your yoga space at home also feels warm, comfortable, and welcoming. Let it inspire you to practice those poses more often!
Tips: Beautify your space with some adornments like an inspiring artwork or use colors that help calm you. You may also add mirrors so you can check your form and admire your pose.
5. Don’t Forget Your Favorite Yoga Necessities
Your yoga practice would not be complete without using your favorite necessities–your favorite, most comfortable yoga outfit, a guided video or reference book, and your beloved playlist of favorite relaxation music.
Below is an hour long track I have created that you are free to use:
You would also need a reliable, high-quality yoga mat to make your practice much more pleasurable and hassle-free.
Note: If you use a flimsy yoga mat, it could compromise your focus and even make you lose your balance and footing as it causes you to fumble or slip as you practice.
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6. Try Using Other Props
As you delve deeper into your training, you can be more and more excited to try other things that will help enhance your practice. You can try scented candles, essential oil sprays, incense—the list is endless, and there’s no harm in trying these!
Other yoga props that you can try for intermediate to advanced use are yoga blocks, blankets, or straps. Note that these things exist out there to assist you in crafting your yoga practice into a more unique experience. You can use them at home to experiment as you get more and more comfortable and feeling challenged with each pose. Adjusted them using these props to maximize and explore what your body is capable of. It’s how your yoga practice can evolve.
Just remember to be safe at all times, observe proper form, and only do what feels right for your body.
7. Devise a Plan
Especially for yoga for beginners at home, this is the number one tool that you would need to make your yoga at home practice a success. Just having some props and saying “I’m going to do yoga this day” simply doesn’t work! You’ll need to have a step-by-step, detailed plan that you can easily follow through so you will not feel lost and discouraged.
For instance, what type of yoga do you want to practice? How long and how often do you plan to practice for starters? Are you going to do it free-flow style or are you going to follow a guided audio or video? Which same sequence are you comfortable doing every day so you can enjoy your routine and watch how it can transform your body?
All in all, strive to find a method/ a step by step guide that works best for you. Having a definite plan will help you flow easier into your routine and get you excited for your everyday practice. Planning accordingly helps you make the most out of your at-home yoga practice!
8. Find Resources, Communities, & Even Go to a Weekend Class!
As a beginner, you may find it difficult to memorize a sequence of yoga for you to practice. Fortunately, you can find myriads of online resources that you can use for guidance—free YouTube videos, Spotify podcasts, and more.
If you’re stuck, you can also take weekend yoga classes with programs taught by reputable yoga instructors like YogiApproved.com to help motivate you. Note: Most programs can be customized to meet your unique needs and preferences. With a yoga guru, you can take your practice to new heights as you test out new styles—your choices are endless!
If you want, you can also find an online community of like-minded people and share your journey. There are Facebook groups like TheYogaRoom and other helpful communities.
9. Challenge Yourself! Start Practicing Longer and More Often
To challenge yourself and grow more as a practitioner, it’s also recommended to gradually increase the frequency (number of days) each week and duration (length of time of each yoga session), so you can see, experience, and maximize yoga’s lasting benefits in your life.
If you’re feeling inspired on any given day/ week, you can practice longer and more often, then give yourself a pat on the back and treat yourself to a spa or massage.
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10. Track Your Progress
This is also an important step as you learn to do yoga at home DIY-style. Tracking and
documenting your experience helps make your efforts more realistic and the results tangible.
Keep a yoga journal to track your progress (type of yoga, days of the week/ month, duration, etc.). You may also write down your thoughts or feelings during your practice, and add photos you took of your body, noting its posture and form, as it undergoes transformation.
Documenting your practice acknowledges your hard work and dedication, and may even help inspire others to start their own practice once you share them.
Once you have dedicated yourself to doing at-home yoga with the right tools and planning, nothing can stand in your way even if you only have to do it on your spare time at home!
We hope these tips help you and inspire you. Namaste and best of luck, Yogi!