A daily home yoga practice session will keep you healthy, happy and more productive all day. If you are a student, practicing just a few asanas (poses) at home on a regular basis will reinforce what you learn in your yoga class. You will also notice an improvement in your strength and flexibility levels and you will be able to remain calm in the face of life’s inevitable ups and downs. As a practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga, I love the practice within a group environment. But, it is not possible for me to always attend a class, so here are 5 tips that have helped me in my at-home yoga practice:
  1. Set aside a minimum of 15 minutes every day; if you find this difficult to fit into your schedule, begin by making a commitment to do at least Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) each day. Some days that may be all the time you can afford, but don’t get discouraged, keep going! On those days when more time is available, extend your session into a longer practice. Allowing yourself the time to do yoga is often a bigger challenge than the yoga poses!
  1. Find a place in your home for your practice, and clear the space so you can easily put your mat down when the time arrives. Decide which direction you will face on your mat, and place a candle or make a small alter at the front. Depending on the amount of space you have, you may decide to keep this space sacred and make your dedication to yoga part of your permanent living space. For myself, I have created anuncluttered space so that I can easily convert it to a yoga space when I practice.
  1. Note the times of day that are ideal for your home yoga practice. Maybe it’s first thing in the morning or maybe it’s after work. Whenever it is, try to commit to practicing at that time daily and make it a priority. This helps to establish a regular disciplined routine.
  1. Wear loose, comfortable clothing –don’t worry if you do not have that “picture-perfect” yoga outfit; perhaps you have a comfy pair of sweats or even your pajamas! Wear clothing that’s comfortable for you.You wouldn’t want tight body-hugging outfits coming in the way of doing wide stretches!
  1. Respect your body and practice the poses gently and with a smile. Doing them fast or going beyond what your body can take will not bring faster results. It will only make the practice more difficult and painful. Let go of perfection and fear of failure. The beauty of your home yoga practice is that you listen to your body and find the teacher within.
Remember, distractions are sometimes unavoidable at home. Dogs come and lay on your mat, your cat curls up on your lap when you meditate, the kids show up to watch, or your partner decides it is a good time to talk. This is the practice of yoga – it is learning to be present and receive the gifts of your life. It is letting go of expectations and goals, it’s returning to your breath and being mindful of your response to the distractions. This is yoga, this is life. Take a breath and get started!

Source: thehealthorange.com

5 Useful Tips For Anyone Who Wants To Practice Yoga At Home


A daily home yoga practice session will keep you healthy, happy and more productive all day. If you are a student, practicing just a few asanas (poses) at home on a regular basis will reinforce what you learn in your yoga class. You will also notice an improvement in your strength and flexibility levels and you will be able to remain calm in the face of life’s inevitable ups and downs. As a practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga, I love the practice within a group environment. But, it is not possible for me to always attend a class, so here are 5 tips that have helped me in my at-home yoga practice:
  1. Set aside a minimum of 15 minutes every day; if you find this difficult to fit into your schedule, begin by making a commitment to do at least Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) each day. Some days that may be all the time you can afford, but don’t get discouraged, keep going! On those days when more time is available, extend your session into a longer practice. Allowing yourself the time to do yoga is often a bigger challenge than the yoga poses!
  1. Find a place in your home for your practice, and clear the space so you can easily put your mat down when the time arrives. Decide which direction you will face on your mat, and place a candle or make a small alter at the front. Depending on the amount of space you have, you may decide to keep this space sacred and make your dedication to yoga part of your permanent living space. For myself, I have created anuncluttered space so that I can easily convert it to a yoga space when I practice.
  1. Note the times of day that are ideal for your home yoga practice. Maybe it’s first thing in the morning or maybe it’s after work. Whenever it is, try to commit to practicing at that time daily and make it a priority. This helps to establish a regular disciplined routine.
  1. Wear loose, comfortable clothing –don’t worry if you do not have that “picture-perfect” yoga outfit; perhaps you have a comfy pair of sweats or even your pajamas! Wear clothing that’s comfortable for you.You wouldn’t want tight body-hugging outfits coming in the way of doing wide stretches!
  1. Respect your body and practice the poses gently and with a smile. Doing them fast or going beyond what your body can take will not bring faster results. It will only make the practice more difficult and painful. Let go of perfection and fear of failure. The beauty of your home yoga practice is that you listen to your body and find the teacher within.
Remember, distractions are sometimes unavoidable at home. Dogs come and lay on your mat, your cat curls up on your lap when you meditate, the kids show up to watch, or your partner decides it is a good time to talk. This is the practice of yoga – it is learning to be present and receive the gifts of your life. It is letting go of expectations and goals, it’s returning to your breath and being mindful of your response to the distractions. This is yoga, this is life. Take a breath and get started!

Source: thehealthorange.com

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