8 Ways to Develop a Home Yoga Practice

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Yoga can transform your life if you let it become a daily part of your lifestyle.  Here are some ideas to develop your own home practice:

  • Doesn’t need to be very long – 20 minutes/day is fine
  • Doesn’t always need to be asana (posture) practice – seated or walking meditation is also very powerful.  Also take time to study yogic texts, online resources, do art, write in a journal, or anything else that brings your inner essence out and is nourishing to you.  Practice flow activities; practice mindfulness.
  • Try sun salutations – 3, 6, 9, 12 of them, etc. – play around with variations to keep it interesting (Sun Salutation A, Sun Salutation B, Dancing Warrior, etc.)
  • Choose one pose each week (or month, depending on difficulty) to work on/incorporate into your practice
  • Have a dedicated spot for your yoga/meditation.  Tell others in your household what you are doing so you won’t be interrupted.
  • Do yoga together with others in your household!
  • Practice awareness of your body’s current state and choose where to go from there … maybe relaxing moon salutations are more appropriate than activating sun salutations sometimes … feel what your body needs and proceed accordingly – do you need relaxation or stimulation?  Do you need to open your hips or stretch your quads?  Where are you holding tension?  What poses will support its release?  Let your intuition guide you.
  • Try a DVD – there are so many.  My teacher, Shiva Rea, has some great DVDs with practices you can customize to be as short or long (and as challenging or restorative) as you want.  

Have fun with it – yoga is not just another exercise routine that you grudgingly force yourself to do.  Yoga is a beautiful way of living, which allows you to become your best self!  Do you have any other suggestions?  Feel free to comment or ask questions.  Have a great day!

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