Yoga brings you mental, physical and spiritual wellness and has even been shown to protect your heart by reducing stress, but what do you do when you can’t seem to find the time (or money) to join a local yoga studio? One of the most liberating aspects about yoga is that it is universally accessible: You don’t need high-end equipment or a studio in which to practice. You can make your home, hotel room or even your office into your yoga studio.
While the benefits of doing yoga in a class with other yogis and a teacher are tremendous, you can certainly have a successful yoga practice at home, if you follow the tips that yoga teaches.
1) Build a sacred space.
Nothing is more important in yoga than focus and concentration. Find the least cluttered, quietest space in your home. When it’s time to begin your daily routine, treat it as you would a professional yoga studio: with respect, cleanliness and consciousness. Turn off all electronics, remove your shoes and make others in your home aware of your practice so you won’t be disturbed.
2) Pick a time slot and commit.
Whether it’s 5 or 50 minutes, commit yourself to those minutes every day to practice. Remember: This is for you and no one else. A great tip is to stick to practicing at the same time each day. This is even more beneficial when you have an at-home practice; you can do a quick 10-minute flow when you hop out of bed every morning or every night before turning in.
3) Use the vast resources at your fingertips.
The Internet is a great way to research aspects of yoga. Use it to learn more about yoga etiquette, find professional online videos for all levels, subscribe to a yoga on-demand service like Z Living Go and learn more about the practice off the mat.
4) Be safe.
Know which poses you can and cannot do. The benefits of going to a yoga class are the variations to poses a good yoga teacher will always show you. These variations will be included in your at-home videos as well, but make sure you don’t do anything you’re unsure of.
5) Be proud of yourself.
One of the many great things yoga teaches is discipline, so if you are able to press pause on everything that is going on around you and give yourself a few minutes to practice consistently, you should commend yourself. Remember: You are growing every day on a successful, happy and healthy journey.