Starting fitness at home can be difficult. Why not try looking at yoga practice, which can save time, energy and money. Twenty minutes of yoga at home can be easier than spending the time to drive, park and then paying to practice for an hour at a studio.
At home you learn to listen to what your body needs that day, move at your own pace and develop intuition about what sequences or yoga poses you want and need that day.
Here are a few key tips for starting your own practice at home:
Set Up A “Studio”
Choose and create a quiet, uncluttered space in your home for your practice. The space doesn’t have to be large, but it should be quiet, clean and open. The one important piece of equipment you need for yoga is a mat. Mats don’t have to be expensive and you can use a towel or blanket if you don’t have a mat available right away. It is important to get some sort of mat if you are planning on practicing multiple times to protect yourself from injury.
Gather Your Props
When you use props correctly, they help you avoid injury. However, it is important not to get too
attached to them. They are like training wheels — designed to make a pose easier at first but not required for practice to be successful. If you don’t want to buy props you can always find some substitutes around your house. Blocks can be substituted with books, you can use a scarf or tie for a strap, pillows make great bolsters and any blanket around your house will work.
Make a Time Commitment
Start by setting a daily goal. Make it realistic. Maybe you start to practice for 10 to15 minutes every day. After a few days you can change it up and increase or decrease your length of practice depending on your schedule. It’s important to take your time and set attainable goals so you do not feel overwhelmed and can continue to achieve milestones week after week.
Learn Your Flow
Begin with basic beginner yoga sequences and expand your practice as your skills improve. When you first start yoga, one sequence that you should learn is the sun salutations. The sun salutations are a great way to warm up your body and they are very easy to learn. Another great way to get into yoga is through yoga classes that you can do on your own and at home. Here are a few websites you can investigate:
- com: At YogieFlow, your child will have access to tons of videos with new content added daily. Kids can learn the basics of yoga, meditation, skills for sports and so much more!
- YouTube: YouTube has so many yoga videos, whether you’re a beginner or have a lot of experience, there is something for everyone.
- Instagram: Most yoga influencers have some yoga classes up on IGTV. Just go to their page and click on the button next to their posts.
Additional resources include my favorite yoga book, “The Little of Yoga.” It’s my favorite because it has everything you need to know about yoga, from poses to how to meditate. My favorite yoga deck is “The Mark Stephens Yoga Sequencing Deck.” It’s my favorite because it gives you a lot of information about the poses like what it stretches and what it opens. From a deck you can pick five to six different poses and turn it into a flow.
Whether you’re starting a practice for the first time or adjusting to a new flow at home, yoga can help relieve stress and provide much needed self-care.
Written by: Sienna Stark, Founder YogieFlow.com
Sienna Stark is a 12-year-old on a mission to make authentic yoga accessible to children of all ages so they may have the body confidence and inner peace to achieve their best life. That is why she founded YogieFlow.com. YogieFlow.com is an online membership platform built for kids by Sienna, a kid. For just $5 per month or $50 per year, your kids will have access to unlimited online classes that focus on yoga, meditation, fundamentals, and skills for sports.