Some of the best things in life are free; one of those is yoga at home. If you are just beginning yoga or if you are like me and prefer the convenience of rolling out of bed and onto a yoga mat, daily yoga practice in the comfort of your own home is a must.
Leave Your Anxiety at Home
There are many benefits of learning yoga at home. The atmosphere of your own turf can help with the anxiety that any beginner yogi may have. When starting your yoga practice you should not have to worry about what to wear or why you are not as flexible as your classmate. Your focus should be on feeling good and creating a positive experience which will keep you coming back to the yoga mat.
You have the resources at your fingertips to easily learn yoga at home. YouTube is your first yoga teacher. Here you will find a multitude of free online yoga workouts for you to access. You can find simple yoga exercises to do at home and develop your own daily yoga routine for beginners.
Save your favorite YouTube videos and explore all different types of yoga and their benefits. This is the best way to find your preferred asanas and pranayama breathing exercises that will stick with you throughout your practice.
Places to do Yoga
Now that you have your library of yoga videos it is important to find the best places to do yoga. To start, find a room in your home that has a flat non-carpeted surface. There should be enough room for your yoga mat and a full-motion you. This means you should be able to do a sun salutation without bumping into the ceiling or any walls.
If you have options, then find a room with natural light and peaceful scenery. Although any room can be transformed into a zen-like sanctuary with a colorful mandala tapestry, some incense, and smooth meditation music. However, the most important trait of your new yoga space should be quietness and seclusion.
If you have even more options, then go to a nearby park or natural area. Yoga in the grass can be both comfortable for your bare feet and softer than any floor. Plus, you get to soak in the vibrating energy directly from the Earth. One a fine day, this is the best option for optimal serenity.
When to do Yoga
Timing is everything. Choose the perfect time to practice your yoga. If you live with roommates or family members try to coordinate a time when you can feel solitude in your home. Morning usually work best as they are both silent and naturally peacefully. Doing yoga in the morning also leaves limited time for other activities to pop up during the day that may interfere with your yoga. It also gives you a fresh start to your day, relieves any aching muscles from your night’s sleep and increases your blood circulation to open up your mind.
Yoga Wear and Gear
A good yoga collection takes time. Yoga clothing has become a wide market of tank tops and yoga pants. Do not worry about buying everything at once, start simple. Find your perfect fit with loose yet fitted clothing. Tank tops, crop tops, and sports bras are great for mobility and when at home coverage can be as minimal as you like without feeling self-conscious.
Eventually invest in high quality yoga pants that stay in place while you move from pose to pose. You can then move on to more advanced wear like non-slip socks and quick dry tops, but to start, your closet should provide you with a good wardrobe.
Besides clothing, a yoga mat is the only yoga prop you need to begin your practice. Choose a semi-thick mat for beginners to protect your hips, spine, and knees while giving you a chance to build your strength. Non-slip and sweat proof mats have become popular for hot yoga, but they are always useful to prevent you from sliding around. Keep yoga mat material in mind as well. Non allergenic and natural mats are available at a higher cost, but they will last longer and are eco-friendly.
Once you have these basic essentials in place you are ready to start your yoga journey!