Yoga at Home – Careful Preparation and Modest Investments

practicing yoga at homeBy Kimaya Singh

Yoga is one of the safest forms of exercise and can be practiced by people of all ages with relatively low risks. As a result, doing yoga at home can be a smart health investment, as long as careful preparations and a few minor investments are made.

Preparation

Preparing your body, knowledge base, and space are necessary for practicing yoga at home. Becoming accustomed to proper yoga poses and creating an appropriate place to practice will get you ready to start yoga at home.

 

Take a Class if Possible

With time being scarce, family obligations, and pandemics in the mix, home practice might be your only option. It is always a good idea to attend classes under the supervision of a certified yoga instructor before performing the exercises in an at-home session. Doing so will ensure you receive proper beginner instruction as well as knowledge of several techniques appropriate to your level of skill and health. Although yoga at home is a relatively low-risk form of exercise, certain poses and pranayama techniques, when done incorrectly or too soon, can present a much higher risk of injury than others. Therefore, proper instruction about and pose sequence are necessary to avoid injury.

 

Prepare your Yoga Space

Physical forms of yoga ay home should be, if possible, practiced on a hardwood floor to provide the optimum surface for balancing and posture. Be sure to clear a wide space free of furniture, toys, books, or other distractions or potential safety hazards. Keeping the space clean and free of clutter is an important factor in removing all possible mental distractions from the area so that you can be as relaxed and stress-free as possible. Cuing your iPod or music library with peaceful instrumental music can also soothe and relax your mind.

 

Modest Investments

Investing in the right equipment is important to doing yoga at home safely and properly. Streaming videos, blogs and online yoga forums can complement an array of inexpensive but indispensable yoga equipment to get you ready for your at-home yoga practice.

 

Choose your Yoga Tutor

Online yoga forums, practice blogs, yoga teacher blogs, DVDs, streaming video, or online tutorials all exist to offer the information taught in a yoga class – community and instruction. You can invest in videos of classes designed for your personalized yoga training sessions, or you can join an online forum for helpful tips and answers to questions. YouTube, Facebook and Daily Motion have many good quality videos from a variety of teachers around the world.

 

The Right Equipment

There is a wide array equipment available for yoga at home, but the basics include comfortable clothing, a yoga sticky mat, a yoga blanket, a bolster or two, and inexpensive blocks and straps. Make sure your clothing isn’t too big as that can get in the way of the poses, and remember that some flexible practitioners need only a sticky mat and a blanket or bolster to achieve proper alignment. As you move into more advanced poses, or if you start out with strength or flexibility limitations, you will find the straps and blocks more helpful.

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