YOGA AT HOME // PART 1

You've been going to yoga classes for a while, maybe even for years, but you haven't quite taken the practice home. You want to, but it hasn't really worked out.

You have tried. It feels weird, awkward. You can't remember the sequence. How long do you practice for? How long to hold the poses, are you going too slow, or are you going too fast? Do you practice in the morning or in the evening? There are so many distractions around... Is it wrong to do yoga whilst watching TV? And so it keeps going on around in your head... 

There's no doubt about it, a personal home yoga practice is quite different from going to class. Not better or worse, just different. There's no teacher to tell you what to do, there isn't the energy of a roomful of people practicing together at the same time. But, you can do it when you want, where you want, how you want to. And it's free!

It is not a good idea to start a home practice if you are a complete beginner. Please find a good teacher to learn the basics and how to practice safely. Join a beginners class or book a private session.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Like with anything new, the best way to begin is to keep it simple. And the most important part of a home yoga practice is so very simple: all you need to do is show up. Don't think about how long for and don't think too far into the future. Take it one day at a time. When you wake up in the morning, just commit to showing up on your mat at some point during the day. Start with a minute or two. Nothing more, nothing less.

THREE THINGS TO TRY:

♥ Keep your mat where you can see it (mine is permanently rolled out leaving me no room for excuses!)

♥ Sit down on the mat for a minute and see how it goes. Close your eyes and focus on your breath for another minute.

♥ Stretch in any way that feels good for your body at that particular point in time.

If you've done that, you can go ahead and pat yourself on the back -- you've done yoga today!

Do you have a personal practice? Or do you want to have one? What's your trick for showing up on the mat? What do you struggle with?

Get your mat out and have a great weekend!