One of the best things about Yoga is that you don’t need to go to a studio or use any fancy equipment to practice. Yoga is accessible to EVERYONE. It meets you wherever you are as long as you are willing to start.
Sometimes circumstances mean that you can’t make your favourite class but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to have your practice that day. Developing a home practice enables you to progress with what you’re learning in classes and deepen your own personal relationship with yoga.
If you’re just starting out and aren’t quite sure what to do, try to practice a set sequence. Something simple such as a few sun salutations and then a quick warrior sequence. Doing a set sequence will allow you to watch yourself grow and develop.
Something that I am very passionate about and teach a lot in classes is to listen to the body. Building a relationship with your own body, I personally think is the most empowering thing you could do for yourself. It’s a game changer, trust me! Personal practice allows you to do that. To sit on the mat, scan the body and ask it what it wants. Whatever it says, do that. Honour your body. The more you practice this the easier it gets and it might even develop into other areas of your life!
Try and do a little bit every day, just so that you get into a routine. Even if it’s just 2 sun salutations before jumping in the shower every morning, or gentle yin stretches in bed every evening. Try to get into the habit of it, just don’t feel guilty if you forget one day!
Create a yoga space – Try to do the yoga in the same place everyday. Away from phones, laptops, TV’s etc. Roll the mat out and see what happens. Just take that time for yourself, every day.
Try to take time out during the day to breathe – Again, if you come to my classes this may sound a little repetitive but it helps builds a deeper relationship with yourself and also just gives you a little break from the hectic world that we live in!
Research and ask questions! – There are brilliant tools online to help you sequence a practice or ask your yoga teacher for a simple few poses that you could practice at home!
If you can breathe, then you can do yoga.
Let me know if any of this helps and if you have any questions then find me here