Are you one of the people, who says s/he is going to start practicing Yoga next week? And next week becomes next month, which then becomes next year. At the end of the year, you suddenly realize that you did legit 1 Yoga pose this whole year..
Every beginning is hard. There are always obstacles.
Maybe there is no Yoga studio in your surrounding area. So you want to practice at home, but yoga poses seem to be so difficult to learn. You are overwhelmed because you don’t know where to start.
But, girl, I have got you covered! In this blog post, I will show you how YOU can start your yoga practice. So, keep on reading!
Go to a yoga studio
There are two options: Either go to a yoga studio and learn how to do all the poses there. Or practice at home.
Personally, I think both options are great. The good thing about a yoga studio is that you go there and do yoga, go home and that’s just it. You don’t have to think about it too much, you don’t get overwhelmed and it is just relaxing. It is also great to connect with other like-minded people and to build a relationship with your yoga teacher.
However, the rest of the week you will most likely forget about yoga completely. That’s why it is good to build a home yoga practice as well. Another downside is that it is freakin’ expensive.
Home Yoga practice
What I love about my home Yoga practice is that I can fully concentrate on my body, it’s ability and limits. I can design my practice how I want and just flow however my body wants. I find that I can connect with my body and soul the most when I am practicing at home. Plus, it doesn’t cost anything, yay.
However, if I am not aware enough, I might get stuck in my comfort zone, because I wasn’t challenging my body enough. That’s where the Yoga studio is great. The Yoga teacher has always got new yoga poses, yoga variations and flows for you to try out.
There is actually a third option. And this is the best one: A mixture of these two. You can go to the yoga studio once a week and learn all the yoga poses there. To match with it, you can practice Yoga at home and really notice what your body is capable of.
How to start your home yoga practice
So, here are a few simple steps to how you can start your home yoga practice.
1. Use Yoga Cards
I have been trying out the Yoga Cards from WorkoutLabs. A special thanks to William, the founder, who has provided me with free access to their platform and the Yoga Cards. However, this is an honest review of the cards.
What are Yoga Cards?
Basically, it is a plastic cards deck with a yoga pose illustration and detailed instructions on how to do it on each card.
Depending on the package you take, you receive:
- around 50 of the most important yoga poses
- 2-3 breathing exercises
- 5 balanced yoga sequences
What exactly is on each yoga card?
- The illustration of the yoga pose
- The English and the Sanskrit (original) name of the yoga pose
- Detailed instructions
- Each yoga pose has its number and a color, which shows you what kind of a yoga pose it is (for example Backbend)
How can you use the cards?
The Yoga Cards are awesome for beginners because they show you exactly how to do the most important yoga poses.
Moreover, by laying the cards on the ground in the correct order you can either do one of the five yoga sequences, which are already included in the deck. Or you can create your own sequence by laying the cards on the ground however you like.
Your yoga practice will be easy and uncomplicated because you only have to look at the cards. Voila!
2. Time and space
The next important thing is to create a physical space in your home, where you will be practicing on a regular basis. The great news is that Yoga doesn’t require much equipment. All you need is a yoga matt and a little space, where you can lie down flat, stand up tall and sit upright. Nothing fancy.
If you have the possibility, find a space with some natural lighting and uncluttered surroundings. Also, it is nice to have something in this yoga corner that makes you instantly relax, like candles.
Another vital thing is to choose a time when you are uninterrupted. I know, for some people this might be really difficult, because we have constantly something to do, or people to meet, phone calls to make, etc. However, try to find a few minutes out of your day to focus on yourself and make this positive journey happen.
3. Creating a regular practice
You have your yoga cards, space and time, all set up. Now what? It is time to start practicing.
My suggestion is to start slowly. Remember, slow and steady always wins the race. Creating permanent positive changes in your life doesn’t happen overnight and it needs consistency to stick.
So, before you start planning to do 1 hour of yoga + 30 minutes of meditation per day, 7 days a week, think about what you will be actually able to maintain.
Maybe that’s 10 minutes a day or 20 minutes every other day for you. Start with your own minimum and if it sticks, slowly plan to do 5 minutes, 10 minutes and 20 minutes more each week.
The important thing isn’t how long you do yoga, but that you do yoga. Even if it’s just 5 minutes, you showed up on your mat, and that’s what matters.
4. Practice with ease
What I mean with ease is that you don’t cross over your physical or mental limits. Every body has its own past. Maybe you have had an injury or problems with your knee, or you struggle with back pain, or you are just really inflexible.
Yoga is meant to help you and your body, not make it worse. So, remember to
- Move slowly and with awareness
- Don’t cross over your limits
- Let go of perfectionism
- Ignore the ego that tells you to push to extremes
- Be gentle with yourself and your body
If you are looking for yoga practices to try out, here are my best ones:
Thank you so much for reading and I hope that you will notice such positive changes through Yoga as I have.
Wishing you an energized day!
Special thanks to Workoutlabs for providing me with the Yoga Cards and free access to use their platform.