Updated: Apr 1
Research has shown that yoga brings a host of benefits to our mental and physical well-being. It’s little wonder that yoga is getting mainstream these days. It might be intimidating to some at first, but once you get the hang of it, it will transform your life in a beautiful way.
Practicing at home gives you the space to learn at your pace without being judgmental. You can observe and feel your body while working on your pose. Practicing at home give you plenty of convenience too. You can start your practice today with the following tips:
1. Right Mindset
At the start of every yoga journey, it’s paramount that you have the right mindset. Release all expectations at the start of your practice. Relax, be patient and keep in mind that yoga is an ongoing journey where everyone learns at their own pace. Set your intentions before your practice and be in the presence.
2. Space Within
Look for a clutter free space at home with minimal distractions. It can be in your living hall, garden, or anywhere that you are comfortable with. As long as it gives you ample space to stretch and the comfort of obscurity to do different poses, that will do.
3. The Mat
At the very least, you need a yoga mat to start. A suitable yoga mat offers necessary support, and it should be made of safe material. It’s important that the yoga mat offer a good grip to ensure both stability and allow safe posturing. Yoga blocks are good to have too as these can help you to improve your alignment.
4. What You Wear
When practicing at home, a suitable attire should be both comfortable and stretchable. This will facilitate your yoga practice when you are doing various forms of pose and stretches.
5. Empty Stomach
It’s best to refrain from eating at least 2 hours before your practice as this will give your stomach sufficient time to digest. It’s important to keep yourself hydrated before and after your practice too.
6. Routine matters
When starting out, it’s important to stick to a routine. It may be challenging and uncomfortable at first but it’s crucial for you to continue with it. Once you are able to commit at least twice or thrice a week, this is where you can increase the duration or frequency of it. Set a scheduled time for your practice, whether in the morning or evening, that suits your lifestyle will help a lot. Be sure to set a realistic goal and commit to it.
7. Online Classes
As more people started practicing yoga at home these days, there are plenty of free online classes on YouTube for you to choose from. All you need is a stable internet connection and a gadget to watch these videos.
Learn more about yourself and enjoy the process. Just like a monarch caterpillar transforming itself into a beautiful butterfly, so will you.
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