4 Steps for a Successful Home Yoga Practice

Create a fulfilling home yoga practice for yourself with these 4 simple steps…

If you’re new to doing yoga at home, it can sometimes be difficult to find your “groove”. Family needs and distractions can intrude on what should be a calming and centering experience, turning it into something more stressful than relaxing. In order to feel confident and successful in your home yoga practice, there are a few steps that you can take to make your practice more rewarding and enjoyable.

For example, having a dedicated space where you always practice will create a yoga ritual that will help you relax more quickly and fully into your yoga routine. Having a list of your favorite online instructors or poses will allow you to begin your practice right away at your scheduled time rather than having to spend your time looking for a home routine to do.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Create A Yoga Space

My home yoga space is a small rectangle in a library/office in my house. I have just enough space to roll out my mat and to spread out in poses as needed. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s only for yoga. Ideally, choose a space that is free from distractions as much as possible. If it’s used only for yoga, great. If that’s not an option, work with what you have. The most important thing is to arrive on your mat in this space for each practice. The rest will figure itself out.

2. Build a Repertoire of Favorite Yoga Videos or Poses

There are thousands of excellent yoga videos online, so keep an eye out for those you really love and would like to practice over and over, and bookmark these for future use. You may find that you really like a certain yoga style (like Kundalini or Vinyasa), or a particular online yoga instructor. Jot these down in a notebook – or save them on your computer – so that you can find more yoga routines from these specific styles or teachers. If there are certain poses that you love, you may wish to make a list of these as well, and incorporate them into your practice on a regular basis. Eventually, you may even want to start designing your own yoga sequences based on your favorite poses and practices (see Step 4 below).

3. Keep Attending Classes

Even if you begin practicing more at home, it’s a really good idea to keep attending classes if you can. By taking classes with various teachers, you’ll be getting ideas for your home practice. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken a class and thought to myself, “I have to remember to do that flow at home!”

4. Get Intuitive

When you start to feel more confident, it’s time to explore another layer: a fully intuitive practice. Don’t worry: you’ve got this. It can feel strange at first, but trust yourself and trust yoga. Arrive on your mat and let whatever wants to come, come. Listen to your body. Explore your breath. Create the practice that is completely unique to you in this present moment. You have arrived.

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