Home, Sweet Yoga-at-Home
There is nothing like the relaxed, recharged feeling you have as you walk out of yoga class. But what if you could have that feeling every day? Setting up a dedicated place for a home practice will help motivate you to add yoga to your daily routine. If you haven’t already created a corner in your house for your home yoga practice, here are some ideas to get you started.
Find a space in your home
You don’t need a lot of room to practice yoga. For many years I practiced in our home office in a narrow strip of carpet between a couch and a desk that was slightly wider than my yoga mat. Take a look around your home and try to find a quiet place, such as cozy corner in your living room or an infrequently used guest room, that you can use on a regular basis.
Gather some props
It’s not necessary to run out and buy props if you don’t already own them. Instead, make use of items readily available in your home.
- Substitute a small throw blanket or beach towel for a yoga blanket.
- Couch cushions, bed pillows and decorative chair pillows can take the place of bolsters.
- Use the tie to your bathrobe or an old necktie as a strap.
- The one prop you might want to invest in are a pair of foam yoga blocks, but in a pinch, try a thick paperback book or two.
- Don’t forget that a chair or wall can be excellent props. Be creative in using these in your practice.
- Finally, store your props on a nearby book shelf or in a large basket for easy access.
Make it Inviting
Take time to make your yoga space special by adding one or two objects you love. A candle, a vase of flowers, a book of poetry or a photograph of someone or someplace you love can inspire you as you settle into your practice.
Find a consistent time to practice
Routine will help you establish a regular practice, but start by experimenting with different times of day. An early morning practice can energize you for the day ahead. Practicing in the late afternoon or right before bed allows you to release the stress of the day and prepare for sleep. Over time, you’ll find a time of day that consistently works for you.
Set Realistic Expectations
The idea of having a dedicated yoga space is to inspire you to practice, not make you feel guilty. Start small, aiming to practice once or twice a week on your own. You can always do more, and be realistic about duration of your practice. Five minutes of sitting quietly and breathing counts as practicing.
I hope these ideas inspire you to create your own home yoga practice space. Happy practicing!