You've probably seen a whole bunch of 'motivating' social posts about starting a yoga habit, sticking to a yoga habit, or generally just getting yo' ass on yo' mat this sunny quarantine (aren't we lucky).
And obviously, the owner of the coolest yoga studio in the known universe (riiiiggghhht!?) is gonna tell you yoga's the key to the mysteries of the world. But maybe we can lay off the pressure a bit?
If it feels the right time to start a new movement practice, or if you feel a bit stagnant and need to sweat it out, a yoga practice can be one HELL of a good quarantine fix; you don't need much equipment, it doesn't cost much, everyone can do it at any level...
If you're not, though? Mate, drop the pressure. It *reallllly* doesn't matter.
But I'm here to help you win your home yoga practice right now, whether you're new to it or a regular. From someone who's been practicing yoga at home for the best part of 15 years, here's my top 4 tips:
1. Get a bloody nice mat.
If you're feelin' flush, get a Manduka pro or pro-lite from around £80. If you're not, get a Yoga Matters sticky mat at around £20 - these are the ones I get for the studio. (Go here and use the code YMWELCOME10 for 10% off your first purchase - valid in April 2020. Nooo I'm not affiliated.) This will help. And it's all the money you need to spend. Bonus points for a mat you reeeeally like the look of. Bright colours help here.
2. Find a good spot to practice.
No, this doesn't have to be a dedicated yoga room in your house somewhere. Cue immediate failure if you live in a tiny 2-bed like me. No, this can be anywhere. My yoga practice for 10 years was something I did in my bedroom. Maybe your kitchen floor is ideal. Behind your sofa. In the office... Consider this the permission you need to practice yoga *anywhere*. It doesn't have to:
Just find a spot your mat fits, preferably with a little space for waving your arms around a bit. But even if this doesn't happen, walls / bookcases / beds / kitchen units can be damn good props.
3. Find some kick-ass online classes.
As yoga teachers around the world scramble to deliver their in-person stuff online, there's a shit load of stuff around. Obviously, I'm all about repping this TYR thang: We've put our entire 14-classes-per-week timetable online and live, so you can join the rest of the gang while you practice (video on or video off is up to you). Right now, it's only £15 for your first month of unlimited classes.
And we've also got TYR TV - our on-demand yoga platform with over 50 tutorials you can practice with whenever and wherever. It's only £4.75 for your first month. That's some *serrrrrrious* value right there.
4. Be kind to yourself.
I think this is where most teachers would tell you to commit. Commit to your practice or you're a lazy shit and deserve to get fat and immobile. Well, here's me saying hell to that.
Somedays your yoga practice will come suuuper easy. It'll be a doddle getting your yoga clobber on and rolling your mat out. Your practice will probably be way more joyful, too. Yay.
On the flip side, there'll be days you want to melt into the couch and eat white Toblerones (we should be friends). Yoga will be a struggle. You'll not want to do it. Maybe you shouldn't, and that's ok. We alllll know that if you find your way to your mat and maybe take a restorative practice, or just a meditation, you'll feel better. But y'know what? Right now, some days are gonna be about your couch and snacks and that's really ok. No matter how much you yoga / run / meditate / move YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Yoga doesn't have to cost a lot. It doesn't have to look a certain way. Really, the whole yoga thing is about feeling better, no matter what that looks like in your life.
Go feel better, compadre. You got this.