Here are seven steps that will make starting your own yoga practice today far easier than you thought:
1. Just start.
A home yoga practice isn’t just for those who are teachers or those who have “been doing yoga forever.”
There’s no specific time when you are ready to start your own home practice, but if you’ve thought about it, I’d say the time is now. Getting lead by a teacher in a class is awesome, but there comes a time, when to dig even deeper, you have to cultivate your own practice.
Practicing your own yoga sequence tailored to how your body feels, the mood you’re in and what’s going on in your life is something magical that only you can create.
2. Keep it short.
The goal of a home practice is not to reach 60 or 90 minutes of graceful, perfect flow. The goal is to move, feel good, and de-stress. Start with even just a couple minutes and see where it takes you.
3. Be okay with it feeling awkward.
Even if you have been taking group classes for years it will feel strange not being led by someone. Embrace the awkward and drop the judgments. Give yourself time to get used to it. you will eventually. It doesn’t need to look pretty.
4. Your mind will wander, your roommate will interrupt, your dog will lick your face. And that’s fine. If you have a space where you can be uninterrupted that’s a plus, but most of us don’t. Eventually you will learn to not feel so weird in front of whoever might be getting ready for work around you. Heck, maybe they’ll join you.
Slowly but surely, the space in which you roll out your mat, wherever that may be, will feel like your yoga space regardless of what is happening around you or what the space looks like. Continue reading >>