Ever considered trying yoga? If you have but you’re not sure you want to go into a yoga studio environment you can always try a home yoga practice. It’s easier than you might think. There are those who will throw their yoga blocks at the writer for suggesting this.
However, a person has to start somewhere and quite frankly sometimes going out in front of a group of strangers in a studio environment can be quite distressing. Fear not, here are five simple steps to beginning a home yoga practice:
1. The ‘magic carpet’ or the yoga mat - There are many on the market from HuggerMugger® to Lululemon® to Manduka® to Jade® and beyond. Each one of these mats has an inherent value. Some mats are better than others for prevention of slippage, etc.
However, much like anything else: 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.' To begin a home yoga practice a simple beach towel will suffice. So dig through your beach gear and pull out that old beach towel. To every person there is a mat; what it boils down to is preference.
2. Space - About fifteen square feet. You don’t need 40 acres to turn ‘this rig around!' The dimension of a typical yoga mat is approximately 12 square feet. Consider that you may need to adjust based on the dimensions of your mat. You also want room enough that when standing center of your mat you can move your arms freely past the width of your mat without obstruction. So, it would be preferable to create a space that is free of obstruction and clutter.
3. Learning style. Do you learn best by being instructed (auditory/kinesthetic)? If so, you may want to find a DVD to follow along with. You will likely run across names such as Rodney Yee, Suzanne Deason, Baron Baptiste, Diamond Dallas Page, and others. These Yoga celebrities each have enormous followings.
However, you don't need to drop a dime; YouTube™, Netflix™, and Amazon™ have a plethora of yoga videos (all free). Keep in mind that sometimes you get what you pay for while being mindful that sometimes the best things in life are free. There are also books galore on the topic. In this arena you will see some of the aforementioned names. Additionally, you'll see and hear names like BKS Iyengar, Desikachar, Baptiste, and Erich Schiffman. Of course there are plenty more. The key is to pick up a book and read or get that DVD or hyperlink.
4. Dedication: it’s all on you. Like any other physical exercise program you must be dedicated and disciplined to maintain a home yoga practice. This is perhaps the most difficult part of a home yoga practice; but it is doable. It may help to have a friend join in or perhaps a significant other. If none of these are available to you and you have a four-legged furry friend they’ll be more than happy to jump on in with you…watch where you step.
5. Get thee to a yoga class. This may sound contradicting; it’s really not. Having a live instructor guiding you through your practice is invaluable. This doesn’t mean stopping or even curtailing a home yoga practice. Rather, it’s meant to supplement your practice. There are subtleties in the practice of yoga that are nearly impossible for you to see from Downward Facing Dog. Besides: a DVD or book is limited to what’s printed on the page or spoken on the DVD.
So, there you have it: Five easy steps to beginning a home Yoga practice. That wasn’t so difficult, now was it?
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