This is a guest post by Luke Douglas
One of the best things about yoga is that you don’t need a whole lot to make it work for you. No need for expensive and bulky equipment, and as long as you have some clear space, you can practice it safely with very basic gear. If you are eager to indulge in your favorite activity at home where you are at your most comfortable, then it’s very possible to do that successfully. You’ll save time, you’ll feel completely at ease, and you’ll get your rejuvenating workout done—all you need to make it happen are a few useful tips. For those who want to practice their yoga at home, here are five things to keep in mind before you start.
Find a quiet corner
One of the most important parts of yoga is staying respectful to the practice. If you make it into an important, sacred part of your day, you’ll be a lot more likely to become a skilled practitioner who keeps coming back to it each day, so to start, find a quiet corner that will be dedicated just to yoga. It can be a part of your living room or bedroom, and you don’t need much to make it perfect—a yoga mat, a music player, and maybe a few throw pillows for decoration are more than enough. Take time to observe this little space and make it into an oasis of peace and positivity. That way, whenever you pass by it, you’ll feel its good energy. When you get down to practice, your stances will flow easily because you’ll be soaking in all those relaxing vibes.
Make sure you’re completely comfortable
Safety and comfort should be your top priority, so make sure that the space where you practice is big enough to allow for a wide range of movements, and invest in a soft, high-quality yoga mat that will prevent you from slipping as you practice. Also, make sure to choose cozy clothing to go along with it—get a lightweight breathable top and a pair of compression tights to help improve your agility. Compression clothing can also reduce muscle soreness and speed recovery, so if you’re regular with your yoga, this is definitely a useful thing to have. When it comes to comfort, you also need to be mindful of your own limitations. Do not attempt poses and stances that you aren’t sure you can pull off, and pull back if you experience any pain.
Stick to a set routine
Try to practice the same set of poses each day for a long while. The best part of yoga is that moment when you stop thinking, stop counting, and simply breathe deeply as you experience the joy of the moment. That’s why a set routine can help—the repetitive motions that you know by heart will allow you to relax and meditate, and be fully present in the moment. You need to learn to enjoy that quiet peace.
Do it for at least 15 minutes
If sticking to your workouts is an issue, one of the ways to motivate yourself is to introduce a required minimum of daily practice. It can be as short as fifteen, or even five minutes—remember, doing something, however small it may be, is always infinitely better than doing nothing. If you’re feeling tired and unmotivated then tell yourself you only need to do five minutes of yoga, and then you can quit. If you end up doing just those five minutes, that’s completely fine. But chances are, the familiarity and the soothing power of yoga will take over once you begin, and you’ll be more likely to keep going for a lot longer.
Check in with a teacher
After a few weeks of successful work, reward yourself by going to a class or meeting up with a yoga teacher. This will allow you to fix any problem areas and get assistance for difficult poses, and you’ll also be able to ask for advice that you can apply when you’re back home. Do this every few months and you’ll be able to stay motivated and consistent. You’ll also know that you’re doing all of your poses correctly and making good progress.
And here’s one more quick tip before we go—express gratitude before and after every yoga session. Open up your heart and let positivity fill you up because this will make it so much easier to remain dedicated.
Luke is a fitness and health blogger at Ripped.me and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.