How to set up a home yoga practice

With the current global situation, most nations and societies have been ardently implementing some form of a lockdown or social distancing measures. If you're among the chosen ones who suddenly had a lot of free time on their hands being only at home, or who have been contemplating adding some form of fitness or movement in their daily domestic life, these tips are for you.


1. Find a time to practice.

Some people prefer to wake up way early to do exercise and just get it out the day's list of things-to-do. Some hit the gym during their lunch hour or after they finish from the office. Now that you may have more time and without thinking of that commute going to the office, you can choose a practice time that works for you best. Would you be able to flow through your vinyasa as soon as you get out of bed in the morning? Or do you prefer to get all chores done first before you can lay out your mat in peace?  Whatever timeslot you decide, stick with it for now and as much as possible, make it a part of your daily routine.


2. Find a place to practice.

Bedroom? A corner in the living room? Garden? Find a dedicated space (putting a "Do not disturb" or "Busy" sign for the kids if you have to) and make it yours, even just for the hour (or less). Set up your music. Light candles. Put some plants or aromatherapy oils. Place your crystals or singing bowls around. Make your practice area as inviting and as comfortable as you want it to be.


3. Find your own practice.

Listen to your body. Find out what it is looking for.  Move in a way that feels good for you. Whether you want something that would help destress and put your joints at ease, or something to get some sweat going, there's a plethora of classes and apps readily available online. Choose from an array of class types and even more important, choose a teacher whom you are able to connect with best. There are different styles as much as there are different instructors teaching on different platforms, so feel free to explore and follow the ones that you can best learn from.


This article was first published on April 27, 2020

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