Whether you are brand new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, a home practice can help deepen your yoga journey. Unfortunately, too many yogis don't know where to begin so I thought I'd offer some tips, suggestions, and resources to jumpstart your home practice.
First, treat yourself to a nice yoga mat; you deserve it and you will not be sorry. Next, find a place in your home or apartment where you can leave your mat rolled out. When you are first developing the habit of a home practice, it is important to make it as easy as possible to start! Finally, step on your mat, breathe in, breathe out, and begin -- you can do this!
Generally, I move as follows:
- warm up on the back body (think Reclined Vinyasa, Core Awakening, Etc.)
- move to hands and knees (think cat/cow, six directions, lunges, table balance)
- transition to a few standing poses (think warrior poses, forward folds, tree, chair, triangle, and/or a sun salute or two)
- come back to the ground to cool down (think bridge, twists, reclined big toe, chest to knees)
- end with final relaxation (think aaaah!!)
If you only have a small amount of time then let your warm up be your practice for the day. Any movement is better than no movement after all.
The key here is to just get started. As long as you practice non-harming, you can't do anything wrong! Your home practice will not look exactly like your regular classroom practice and it shouldn't. Feel free to explore DVDs in the library and practices online if you feel intimidated by creating one for yourself. Remember that anything counts, just move your body and breathe.
So, what are you waiting for? Roll out that mat, step onto it, and breathe in and breathe out -- aaaah!