4 Ways to Build and Sustain Your Home Yoga Practice

The best way to build a strong yoga foundation is to get personalized attention from a teacher. This is especially beneficial if you’re new to yoga. A teacher can guide you through modifications and adjustments that are best for your body. But I understand that you have a busy life and it’s sometimes impossible to incorporate yoga into an already packed schedule. However, everyone can do yoga from the comfort of their own home.

Here are 4 ways to cultivate a home yoga practice.

Start small

Most people think that you need to attend an hour long class at the studio in order to do yoga. But that is far from the truth!!

If you have a busy schedule, try doing yoga in small increments throughout the day. Try to squeeze it into your busy schedule by doing a few poses at a time. It doesn’t matter if you can only allot 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Remember, every practice counts.

Move your spine and give your back some relief with the 2 poses below. Practice them for 1 minute, moving back and forth smoothly between cat & cow and focusing on your breath.


Make the commitment

When things get busy, most people tend to let go of the least important thing on their to-do list. Unfortunately, for most people, yoga is often the first thing that falls off their list.

According to studies, it takes 21 days to form a habit. Make your yoga practice a priority by scheduling 21 yoga sessions in your calendar. Mark the dates and times on your calendar. I suggest practicing at the same time each and every day. For a lot of people, early mornings are the best time to add a new habit since you wake up fresh. Not an early bird? Remember, you only need 15-20 minutes for a yoga practice.

Try these poses to wake up and move your body first thing in the morning:


Use different resources

There are thousands and thousands of yoga instruction videos, as well as free classes online. Use them to help improve your practice.  You may also use different sources for your practices so you don’t get stuck in a rut.

You can find lots of free videos on YouTube:

Yoga with Adriene:  https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tgqQdqvBeM

 

You can also pay to access thousands of yoga videos online:

Yoga Glo:  www.YogaGlo.com

Gaia:  https://www.gaia.com/yoga/practices

 

Prepare a space

Find a quiet space in your home where you can switch off for a few minutes. Make sure that it’s clean, free from distractions and you can fit a yoga mat and your body in it. It would be difficult, if not impossible to clear out your mind and direct your attention inward if you’re surrounded by stuff or your family members. If you have a space that is solely dedicated for your yoga practice, that would be great.

You don’t need a lot in this room. Just put a mat down and perhaps your favorite smells, like a candle, essential oils or a diffuser. Make this space peaceful and something you look forward to every day.