A home yoga practice is something very close to my heart. I discovered yoga when I was 16. My mum bought me a yoga book as a present. I’d asked for an aerobics book and leg warmers (it was the 1980’s after all) but she thought the yoga book looked more interesting. I read though the book and fell in love with yoga.
There were no local yoga classes where I grew up, so the book was my teacher. A regular home practice has now been part of my life for almost 40 years. My practice has changed over time, depending on what else is going on in my life, but part of the beauty of it is that yoga can fit in to the time and space you have available.
A home practice is adaptable. A 15-minute session is great and if you are really pushed for time even 5 minutes at your desk gives you time to pause, notice your breathing and clear your head. You don’t need special equipment; you just need a surface you aren’t going to slip on and some clothes you can move comfortably in - even pyjamas!
You can buy many different yoga props but at home you can also be creative. You can use books in place of yoga blocks, a dressing gown belt as a yoga belt, and cushions, blankets, and furniture as props.
I enjoy going to classes for inspiration. There are so many interesting styles of yoga to try and amazing teachers from whom to learn. It’s not that you should do one or the other, but a home practice is a lovely way to explore yoga independently. It can feel odd to begin with if you are used to being led in a class, but it is well worth having a go and you will soon develop a skill that can travel with you.
If you feel stuck and don’t have any ideas for your home practice, please feel free to get in touch. I’d love to help you come up with a few mini sequences you can do at home.
I’m planning a future blog with some home practice sequence suggestions.