Yoga in the comfort of my own home
Usually when I see pictures online related to yoga the person might be at the beach while the sun is setting behind them as they pose, or at a wonderful exotic green garden with beautiful trees while the wind blows in their hair. But when I think about how to learn yoga at home I always recall upon my dog trying to lick my face as I try to concentrate on my Pranayama (Yoga Breathing).
The pictures we see online don’t mean that every time we want to practice yoga we need to find the most amazing garden or drive a few hours just to sit by the ocean (although that would probably be amazing), we can discover how to learn yoga at home without having to take care of to many logistics. All we really need is space, physically and mentally, time and commitment.
Create some space
One of the most important things to do before you start your yoga routine is to make sure you have enough space for you to move. You want to be able to stretch to all directions without bumping or knocking anything down. Try to find a spot in your house that you won’t be interrupted (in my case that would be my dog), that you will be able to concentrate solely on your yoga poses and on your pranayama.
If you have a mat that would be great, but if you still don’t own one that is also fine. There are many yoga poses and stretches you can do without a mat. (This is the mat I am using).
Decide what you want
When I learn yoga at home I usually have my computer opened with a video instruction and some background music (if there isn’t one in the video), that way I can feel as if I am in a yoga classroom in the comfort of my home.
Persistence is the key to succeeding in everything and also in yoga, you might decide to start with as little as a 10-minute practice once a week, or you might decide to do yoga every day. It doesn’t matter what stage you’re in, whether you are a beginner trying once a week or a professional yogi. Try to decide in advance what poses or exercises you want to do before you get on the mat, it is also completely fine (and recommended) to listen to your body once you’re on the mat to see what it is that you need right know.
Relax and Enjoy
The real benefit of yoga comes when you learn to simply relax and enjoy the practice. Don’t try to test your limits simply stretch until you feel comfortable, yoga is all about being in harmony with your body if you feel pain don’t continue with that pose and gently change to a different pose where your body feels good.
My personal yoga space at home
I live in a small apartment with my husband and dog, we don’t have much space that I can declare as “My Yoga Space” so I tried to improvise many times until I managed to find the perfect spot between the sofa and the door entrance.
I would love to hear about your favorite spots in the house for yoga.
Thanks for reading,