Are you ready to plunge into yoga?
Updated: Jan 4, 2019
Starting a home yoga practice can ultimately save time, energy, and money. Twenty minutes of yoga at home is often more beneficial than driving, parking, and paying to practice for an hour at a studio. A 25-year yoga veteran Rodney Yee (and the guy whos' dvd's I'd watch over and over again) says, "Listening is the practice of yoga; it's so important to go into your own body and ask it to be your teacher. It is a time when you can find your own rhythm. It is where the genuine knowledge arises....Going to classes has many benefits, of course," he acknowledges, "but I have observed time and time again that it is when people start to practice at home that the real insights occur."
The best reason to start a home yoga practice is that you don't need much to begin:
Choose or create a quiet, uncluttered space in your home for your practice, and stock it with the essential basic yoga props — mat, strap, blocks, blanket, bolster, etc.
The space doesn’t have to be large, but it should be quiet, clean, open, and sacred.Get realistic goals, starting out with small pockets of time (10-15 minutes).
Begin with basic beginner's yoga sequences and expand your practice as your skills improve.
That said, it’s your yoga practice — so build it to best meet your individual needs.
Sun salutations are a time-efficient way of practicing yoga because they thread together poses that involve different parts of the body. Sun salutes are also commonly practiced as a warm-up, followed by standing poses such as Warrior I, II and II — and ending with forward bends, twists and restorative poses.
As you advance, you may want to move into more challenging intermediate and advanced yoga poses such as arm balances, inversions and backbends.