For many people, a studio practice is just not possible. Whether the classes conflict with your schedule or it’s out of your budget, sometimes those public classes are just out of reach. But this doesn’t mean that you have to give up your practice: you can do it from the comfort of your own home. An at-home yoga practice doesn’t have to be scary or extravagant. You’re not opening your own studio; you’re just taking some time for yourself, to be quiet, and reflect on your needs.
There are tons of benefits to having an at-home practice, one of them being that you don’t have to completely abandon the studio. You can always supplement a home practice with a couple studio classes a week–it’s a great way to get some inspiration and connect with your yoga community. Even if you are wanting to keep your studio pass but learn a quick 20-minute relaxation sequence you can do before bed, or a nice stretch-based routine for after a run, some tips on how to start a home-practice won’t hurt. So let’s get started.
This should go without saying, but sometimes when we get into our flow (literally) we push ourselves a little too hard. When you’re at home, there may not be anyone else around, and surely you’re not asking them to supervise your practice. And, unless you yourself are a yoga teacher, there isn’t a teacher there to cue you into the poses. When doing yoga at home there are two things you want to make sure you do to stay safe:
Yoga always has something new to teach us, even if it’s an old lesson being rephrased by someone new, in an inventive way. Just because you’re doing your practice from home doesn’t mean you don’t have any teachers to learn from. There are tons of online (and offline) resources to dive into.
This time is all about you, so embrace it. If your house is full of people, try and find a quiet place, or go to a nearby park or your patio for some more privacy. Put on some music and settle in. If you have a hard time finding the time or the motivation to practice at home, try adding it to your schedule. When you see it being part of your day, you’ll realize it’s just as important for you to take this time as it is to make dinner or have that meeting with a new client. You are worth this practice, the joy it brings, and benefits that come along with it. Have some fun and don’t be too hard on yourself!