When starting out in yoga, I first practiced at home to a DVD. I wasn’t very consistent but did it every now and then. Then I came across yoga challenges on Instagram that kinda changed the whole game for me. And honestly my boredom with life led to me challenging myself at home and wanting to dive even deeper into yoga. This is when I started to create a consistent at home yoga practice.
Creating a home practice can be difficult at first. Like with any other habit you are creating, it takes time. With these simple steps you will be on your way to a consistent and enjoyable home practice.
Find your Space
Pick one or two spots at home where you think you’d enjoy working out or doing yoga. That could be outside, in a spare room, or other area in your house that you enjoy spending time in. For me, I tend to do my practice in the living room or dining room. That’s where I feel comfortable and have lots of space and nice natural light coming in.
Keep all your equipment easily accessible
Get all of your yoga or workout items in the room or space you will be practicing in. Keep them in there or make them super easy to gather and get going. I say keep them in there, for some reason the less tasks involved with getting started the more likely I’ll get right to it and not skip it. I’d also suggest leaving your mat unrolled if possible, sometimes it’s more inviting to play on your mat when it’s already laying there for you. If you’d like some inspiration on what to props and decor you may want for your space check out this post for some dreamy yoga spaces.
Commit to your practice (even if only 15 minutes)
Set a time everyday you’d like to practice and get in at least 15 minutes. On days where you don’t feel like doing it, just set a 15 minute timer and be done when it goes off. Chances are once you get going you’ll continue to practice. I know there have been several times where I don’t feel like doing anything, I set my 15 minute timer and end up doing a whole hour or longer practice. Be consistent with your practice, you’ll thank yourself afterwards I promise!
Keep it Simple
To make it even easier on yourself, you could practice the same flow every day or have a few youtube yoga workouts to choose from. That way you aren’t feeling like you don’t know what to do. Don’t feel like you have to flow on your own, that’s not for everyone. I sometimes feel like I don’t get in as good of a workout because I’m trying to flow on my own. Most days I choose one of my *favorite youtube workouts* and just go along with it. Just choose a video that aligns with what you are wanting to work on like flexibility, strength, or maybe learning how to do a new pose.
When it comes down to it, your home practice is YOURS do what you enjoy. Work on flows and poses you enjoy, work on meditating, whatever you do take time for yourself each day and your body will thank you.
What are some of your things about your home practice if you already have one? OR What do you think makes a great space? I’d love to know.
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