Daily yoga practice at home can help you stay healthy, more productive, calm and happy all day. Besides, these benefits are not just for you to enjoy. Doing these practices at home will not only keep you happy but your family members, work colleagues and people you interact with will be able to feel the positive energy. You can practice in the comfort of your home, any time you wish.
Once you are becoming familiar with yoga techniques you can start practicing them on your own. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare yourself for a home practice.
- Make a conscious decision to practice or not to practice – this choice is Yoga
- Be aware of motivation – better to consciously not practice than to manipulate yourself into practice
- Start with 5 minutes! Better 5 minutes of focussed happy practice than 20 minutes of resentful practice.
- Allow yourself to be fully present – physically, mentally and emotionally – mindfulness practice. This is Yoga
- Practise acceptance rather than avoidance. Find willingness to be with the unpleasant aspects of your practice – aversion; restlessness; fatigue; frustration … & the stories in your mind that give very good reasons why you can’t / won’t / don’t need to practise.
1 Choose a convenient time
Practicing yoga in the morning is generally considered to be the best as it keeps energy levels high during the day. Yet, if it doesn’t happen, don’t let it be an excuse to skip your practice. You may choose a time slot which seems most convenient. It could be late mornings, before lunch, or evenings. Yoga at these times can also be a good way to refresh the mind and release stress collected during the day.
2 Choose a comfortable place
It would be best to have a small, private room in your house for daily yoga practice. Over time, your practices will create positive vibrations in the room, providing healing, strength and comfort to you and others at home. If not possible, you may choose a quiet space anywhere at home, which is large enough to roll out your yoga mat and where you know you are not likely to be disturbed for a while. You may wish to personalize your space with candles or devotional items.
3 Practice on a relatively empty stomach
Yoga postures are always best practiced on an empty stomach. You can practice yoga poses and meditate about 2-3 hours after your meal.
4 Warm up before doing intense yoga postures
This is an absolute must, else you may be at risk of straining your muscles. Start by warming up your body and do a few body stretches to bring flexibility, before moving on to more intense postures.
5 It is your own body; be gentle with it
Respect your body and do yoga poses gently with a smile. Doing them increasingly fast or going beyond what your body can take will not bring faster results. It will only make the practice more difficult; possibly painful and less enjoyable.
6 Be consistent
It is important to be regular with your yoga practice – ideally make it a part of your daily schedule (as mentioned above, find a time slot where you can comfortably practice) and then it becomes easier to make it a habit. Twenty minutes of daily yoga practice is more likely to show positive results sooner than two hours of occasional practice. Feeling the benefits of your practice will encourage you to continue.
6 Include a variety of yoga techniques
Consider a focus for your practice – Are there particular things you want to work on? Or perhaps allow the sequence of postures to flow from what arises in the present.
Stay with the same practice for awhile – with minor variations to keep it interesting. This gives benefits in terms of increased in strength and flexibility. Do not plan to do too many poses. Allow the postures to flow from the breath. This is Yoga.
Nurture an inquisitive exploration of your body in the poses. Explore the edges of your flexibility and enjoy your body.
Practice a variety of yoga poses and breathing techniques – some you enjoy and some that you benefit from! Standing postures sitting poses twists backbends inversions forward bends
(**backbends need preparation and are usually done towards the end of your practice)
Close your practice with some slower, more inward poses and at least 5 minutes of meditation; Savasana or Yoga Nidra
‘Do not blindly believe what others say. See for yourself what brings contentment, clarity and peace. That is the path for you to follow.’
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