At Home Yoga for Beginners
This is a guest post written by Cassie Brewer
We all tend to feel the strain that a busy and bustling lifestyle can take on both our physical and mental health. Yoga is a great way to recharge your body and your mind from the stresses of everyday life. However, attending even a weekly yoga class can be a hassle for those with busy schedules or tight budgets. Going to a yoga class at a studio can be costly even with membership plans that claim to save you money with regular attendance. Setting up a yoga practice at home can be a great way to adopt a healthy new habit but also save money. Here are some tips for starting your home yoga practice:
Reserve A Space For Practice
Find a space in your home that is away from any workspace or where you can be easily distracted. You want to find the perfect place in your home for your practice where you can truly find focus. Clear this space and make it specifically designed to help you focus only on your yoga practice. This means you want to find an area where you will not be tempted to glance at your phone, TV, or computer. Giving yourself that secluded area in your home can truly make a difference in your dedication. You want the area to have enough room to fit your mat as well as some space around it.
Start With Basics
If you might be new to yoga, setting up a home practice is a good way to learn the basics of yoga without having to spend the money on your first class or feel intimidated by other more advanced yogis in the class. Learning basic poses such as downward dog or child’s pose can help you build that foundation to attempt more advanced poses in the future. Spending time to master these foundational poses can also help you to get deeper into the practice once you are ready to take on your first class.
Keep It Simple
Once you have practiced the basic poses of yoga you can begin to start creating and building routines for your practice. Keep these routines simple so that you know you are not doing anything that could be straining your body or injuring yourself. Remember, building a yoga practice is about building progress not attaining perfection on the first go. Keeping your home routine simple can help you focus on de-stressing and recharging from your everyday responsibilities. A simple practice helps to focus on your breath and clear your mind. If you need some guidance in creating a simple yoga routine, you can find many resources online that have ready made routines.
Use Online Resources
If you are having trouble with creating your own home yoga routines or unsure if you are doing a pose correctly, then using online resources could be beneficial. There are a plethora of different web resources that can help you progress on your own. Youtube videos are a great way to find new routines to incorporate as well as help you learn if you are doing poses correctly. Other online sources such as yoga websites and blogs can also help you read up on how to do poses correctly or help you find free classes in your area.
Splurge On A Class Sometimes
Setting up a home yoga practice, especially if you are a beginner, is a great way to help you progress. It is a way to make you feel more comfortable with yoga before you advance to more complicated routines and poses. While establishing a home practice has many benefits, sometimes splurging on a class in a studio can be worthwhile and can actually help enhance your at home yoga. Attending a class every once in awhile can help make sure you are doing poses correctly and not injuring yourself. Having a teacher can also help you to push yourself further in your practice and teach you ways to advance on your own.
Overall, a home yoga practice can help you not only save money but deepen your yoga practice. Once you start at-home yoga, you will immediately see positive differences in your body as well as your mental health. It is a great way for beginner yogis to practice and progress without the pressures of seeing other more advanced students in class.