Picture the scene: you’re all set to go – best active-luxe on, mat under your arm – and your car doesn’t start. Your kid starts screaming. Your boiler explodes. Work calls (the worst). Life just, well, happens.
Or maybe you’ve been to a couple of classes and the music sucked, you had nothing in common with the instructor or the other students, it was a freezing cold building, it was hard to get there…
I hear you.
But you don’t have to go to class to get the benefits of a yoga practice. I’m here to tell you that a home yoga practice can be the best thing ever. It’s literally *right there*. You don’t have to pay, or if you are paying for something, it’s *way* cheaper than a studio membership. No one looks at you funny if you fall over/fart/rest the entire class/sing along out of tune… And we all know the benefits of a regular yoga practice, right?!
I’ve been practicing yoga for around 12 years and in that time I’ve probably been to less than 50 classes. Home practice is my main-stay, and something I’d never be without. And, let’s face it, you can literally take it wherever you go. So, here’s my top 7 ways to help you make a home practice a thing:
1. Find a decent mat.
Holy cow, this couldn’t be more important, especially if you’re planning to make this a regular thing. I’ve had cheapo mats from TKMaxx and there’s often zero support or grip and they shed! Picture finding little purple scraps of rubber ALL OVER YOUR HOUSE. It sucks. Check out this post on how to find your perfect mat (hint: it doesn’t have to break the bank). But having a good mat means you’re more likely to be excited about rolling it out, and it’ll not frustrate you (read: totally support you) when you’re flowing.
Make sure you don’t store it in a greenhouse (yep – I’ve seen this) or outside or even in high-traffic areas (or in the boot of your car) where it’ll either fade or get crispy or just need cleaning before you use it. Put it next to your practice space (see no. 3), clean and rolled up ready to rumble.
Bonus tip: If you travel a lot and want to take your practice with you on the road, then get a travel mat as well or even just a yoga towel. I’ve got this one from Yogitoes. There’s loads of other cheaper ones out there, but you get the idea.
Make time to practice EVERY SINGLE DAY. This is what most teachers or blog posts on this topic would have you believe, and it’s bullshit. It’s unreasonable. And setting a post that high just means we’ll get frustrated when we inevitably fail at an everyday practice and we’ll give up. So work out what’s reasonable. Maybe just aim for once a week if that works… it’s all good. Just practice when you feel it (and have your awesome mat ready for when you do).
3. Find a spot.
Most of my home practice has taken place in bedrooms over the years. You really don’t need much space. And it doesn’t need to be a fucking shrine/altar/sacred space, either. Seriously. Take it from me: you REEEEALLY don’t need a “special picture” or a “spiritual token” to practice yoga at home. If that’s your jam though, go for it.
But pants all over the floor? It’s all good. Wet towels hanging up? Adds to the experience. Mess? Don’t tidy it. I dare you.
Now if you *do* have the space to dedicate a little area to your practice, then that’s awesome. Light candles, throw some houseplants in there, have everything ready for when the mood strikes you – go you. But I promise you, it really isn’t necessary and often it’s just a barrier we make up for ourselves. “Well, I can’t possibly get my yoga on ‘til I’ve tidied up…”. Yeah, keep telling yourself that.
4. Find your sequence.
Maybe you’ve got one in mind you know back to front from your time in classes. Or maybe you’re creative enough to come up with your own. If you do have something in mind (maybe the ashtanga series!?), just keep practicing this sequence and see how it changes (or you change) each time you turn to it.
5. Failing that, find an online teacher or online yoga studio you really dig.
Maybe find someone on YouTube and keep your costs down, or find an online yoga membership platform with a small monthly fee. It’s like having your own personal yoga teacher at home! And there’s *so much* out there, and some amazing teachers to stumble upon. If you’re feeling lost, just Google it and go from there (or check out TYR TV!).
6. Don’t skip savasana.
After singing the praises of online teachers in no. 5, I gotta tell you that, just like in studios and regular classes, there’s a lot of pretty crappy teachers out there, and even more you just won’t gel with. Buuuut one of my biggest peeves is when an online teacher says “and let’s take savasana, one of the most important poses in alllllllllll of yoga”, and then the video just ends. Thanks. See ya.
What!? Just no. How fucking annoying can you get. I wanna be guided through my savasana or I’ll struggle to do it. And you’re probably like me. Especially if your house has ALL THE DISTRACTIONS. So my point here is to make sure you firstly find a teacher who includes a decent savasana in their online classes, and second stick around for it. We rarely take a minute to relax and breathe – do it, it’s important.
Speaking of relaxing and breathing…
7. Carve out a mini moment for a little meditation.
Even if it’s 30 seconds. Just sit (or lie down – we’re not judging here) and breathe. Maybe count your breaths, or just notice, REALLY notice, how you’re feeling. Maybe it’s post class if your fav online teacher doesn’t include it. Just take a second before chaos again resumes. The benefits are incredible. I promise.
Starting a home yoga practice can be the best thing ever. Just don’t take it too seriously, and have fun. And if you dig our Revolution vibe, check out our online yoga studio: TYR TV.
Questions? We’d love to hear from you! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just comment below with tips you’ve got from your home practice.
Practice on, yogis!!