Hi yogis, welcome back to my humble humble blog 🙂
If you are someone who has a very demanding day job and has very little time to spend on yourself, pampering yourself and practicing yoga, this blog post is for youuuuu. 🙂
Or, you can also be someone who is very new to yoga or someone who wants to try it out but afraid of going to a yoga class alone (I happen to know a few people who feel this way, it’s a real thing!), or just someone who is, in general, want to start an at-home yoga class or practice, please read on.
I personally go to both a yoga studio and also practice an at home yoga. But to be honest, I love my at home yoga practice more cause of its convenience. And the fact that I can do it anywhere I go and at any time.
If you’re working from 9am to 6pm every weekday and your office happens to be in the middle of nowhere (like me), it can be a hassle to get changed and go to the yoga studio for a class and by the time you get back home, you’re just dead. Just dead. The practice might be good for you, but the other parts of getting changed, driving to the yoga studio just take a lot of energy from you.
So I like to go to a yoga studio for a class during weekends where I don’t need to rush and do my at home yoga on weekdays, sometimes with my own routine, sometimes online yoga class or sometimes just on YouTube! 🙂
Anyway, in this post, I’ll share with you some tips and tricks on how to start yoga at home like a total pro 😉
P/s: To get more different routine, check out my review on Alo Moves here.
1) Find A Nook
First thing first, you need to find a specific place for you to practice yoga. It’s pretty important. This will set and remind you of the practice that you need to do.
Treat it like an at home yoga studio where the place or the nook (I like to call my yoga space a yoga nook) serves a purpose – to be your yoga sanctuary.
I would recommend putting your yoga mat and yoga props there as well, so it will be much easier for you to reach out for all the props when you’re practicing.
What I would sometimes do is also to put some scented candles (I like to light candles during meditation – personal preference), or even crystals!
There are several different crystals that you can buy to give different energies when you’re practicing – depending on what you’re looking for. I will probably write on the different crystals that I got. I’m still new to crystals so I’ll keep you updated again on this! 🙂
2. Choose Your Yoga Type & Class
If you are still new and not sure what yoga class or practice you want to go for, you can check out my post on different types of yoga here.
Once you have found the yoga class that you wanna focus on, you can subscribe for an online class. As a yoga newbie, I would really really recommend getting a proper online class cause you want to make sure the poses are being thoroughly explained. There is a lot of training out there that you can find, but from what I have researched and tried out, I would suggest trying Yoga Glo or even the one that I’m subscribed to which is Alo Moves.
There are plenty of classes that you can choose from for different yogi levels. They also have different workshops and trainings. So if you want to focus on certain areas, you can follow that too.
You can try their free online classes first to see whether it suits you. If it does, you can get the monthly subscription. I would say it’s worth your money looking at the massive inventory of classes that they have.
Second option: go to YouTube and learn all of the fundamentals of yoga poses there. This is important because you really wanna make sure that you’re moving the right muscle and that your poses are in the correct form. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, you can try the yoga for beginner videos there 🙂 YouTube is also one of my go-tos when looking for a specific routine!
3. Where Something… Well, Anything or Nothing
The best part of doing an at home yoga practice is the freedom to wear anything comfy. Or nothing at all. It’s your space, you do whatever you want boo boo 😉
You can hop on your most ridiculous yoga outfit, your onezies, underwear or again, just bare it all! Be yourself, it’s your space 🙂
However, make sure that anything you’re wearing is not going to get in the way of your practice. You know, like maybe avoid wearing a wedding dress on a yoga practice. Not even sure why that pops up in my head…
4. How To Make It Stick?
The most challenging part is how to make your at-home yoga practice sticks.
I have actually covered this more thoroughly here in my post, but, to summarize things up; you need to know and be reminded of why you want to start yoga – most importantly why you want to start yoga at home.
Why do you want to take that little time left on your day to focus on yoga.
Make a schedule to slot your yoga practice. When you slot in your yoga practice in your calendar, and when your Google calendar notifies you of the yoga practice you need to do in 10 minutes, it’s harder to give an excuse if you’re just lying on your bed scrolling through Instagram 😉
However, make sure not to beat yourself up for missing a few days and try not to go all out with your everyday yoga practice by putting one and half hour to yoga when you’re just starting out.
I don’t think that’s healthy in maintaining your yoga practice. 10 to 20 minutes of practice everyday should suffice when starting out.
Remember to set a realistic goal and start with tiny little small steps. Everything will take charge after 😉
Doing yoga at home will give you a lot of flexibility but you would also need a lot of self-discipline. If you’re going through an online class or a YouTube video, try not let the video runs on its own with you lying on your mat haha. Try okay yogis?
Once you have gotten used to it, it’s far easier to do and it will automatically remind you of your yoga slot everyday before you go to bed.
Anyway, I wish you the very best of luck on this journey. Remember I’m with you too 🙂
If you have tried yoga, have you tried at home yoga? Which one do you like better – yoga class in a studio or yoga at home? Share it with me in the comment section down below, would love to hear from you! 🙂
Till my next post, Namaste.