While it is always advisable to learn the fundamentals of yoga in a live classroom, there’s nothing better than practicing yoga from the comfort of your home, if fighting traffic to make it your class post work is not your thing. Twenty minutes of yoga at home is way more beneficial than driving to a crowded yoga class, sometimes the experience is not as peaceful as it should be when you literally struggle to find a space for your mat.
Here’s a few things you should know, before you start to practice yoga at home
Choose a yoga style
Some styles of yoga follow a set sequence of specific poses, but I recommend a more open-ended approach, especially when you're doing yoga at home. If you are fatigued, you may want to do a more restorative yoga sequence. If you're feeling energetic, a more flowing, fast-paced or rigorous set of yoga poses may feel more satisfying or help you channel that energy. Many like to do an energising yoga practice in the morning and a calming restorative practice in the evening. Set up a space
Choose or create a quiet, uncluttered space in your home for your practice, and stock it with the essential basic yoga props - mat, strap, blocks, blanket, bolster, etc. The space doesn’t have to be large, but a quiet, clean, open space is advised.
Set realistic goals and be consistent
The best approach is make your yoga part of your morning ritual. This means getting to bed 15 minutes earlier so your yoga practice does not cut into your sleep time. Sit down with your weekly calendar and begin to cross out any activity that is not serving you anymore.
Companionship and support system
Practice with a member of your family or a friend. Being held accountable by others can get you to the mat on the dreariest of days. Once you get to the mat, the magic often takes over after a couple of minutes, and you find yourself vibrating with the music of yoga.
Inputs from a Yoga Expert from Fitness First