Having a strong home practice means that I can do yoga more regularly, and tailor it to the amount of time I have and what I need. I try to go to at least one studio class a week to make sure I’m maintaining good form, get diversity in my practice, and maintain a sense of community.
Having a home practice can be challenging. Here are a few things I do to create a home yoga practice:
- Create Space: I live in a small studio, so I sleep, work, live, and do yoga in the same room. I don’t have the luxury of a separate space to do yoga – there’s barely even space for my mat on the floor. However, the act of moving a chair out of the way, lighting a candle, and rolling out my mat has become a little ritual that creates the mental space for me to practice yoga. I also turn off my phone and email notifications so that there are no distractions.
- Rock Out: I have created a few yoga playlists for my home practice for different moods and types of practice (and even times of day). It’s another way to create space and to make yoga fun. Try timing your practice to the music – it starts to feel like dancing. We also have a ton of playlists on the Yoga Tree blog.
- Be Led: You don’t have to do it alone – there is an abundance of free and pay classes online, both video and audio. I like being led by someone else to make sure I have a well-rounded practice. I like not knowing what is coming next. It also helps me relax my mind by completely listening to someone else’s voice, rather than my own. Some of the audio classes I listen to are recordings of actual classes, so they satisfy the sense of community and gathering that a yoga class gives. Some of your favorite Yoga Tree teachers have classes available online. Stacey Rosenberg, Darcy Lyon, Laura Burkhart, Pete Guinosso, Ai Kubo and Abby Tucker have classes on Yoga Vibes that were filmed at Yoga Tree Hayes! (Hint: Go to Yoga Vibes and search for Yoga Tree, all the classes with our teachers will be in the results).
- Get some guidance: Yoga Tree offers workshops that teach you how to develop and maintain a home practice. One that’s coming up is Yoga on Your Own – Develop a Home Practice with Brenna Geehan. In this class, you will learn how to cultivate a personal practice and discover ways to practice asana, pranayama, meditation, and svadyaya (self-study) by yourself. Attending a workshop like this one will help you feel less overwhelmed and get motivated to start your own practice.
I also want to work on having a stronger self-guided practice. Have any tips? Let me know in comments.