This post on home yoga practises has been kindly written by Helen Faliveno of HMFYOGA. To find out more about Helen and her work please see below.
A home yoga practise is a great way to look after our physical and mental health during these uncertain times. I have complied a list of tips and tricks to build a home practise, but more importantly how to be consistent.
#1 Yoga Space
Create a space in your home that you enjoy being in. You don’t need a big space which is empty at all times. For example, I have to push my sofa and coffee table out of the way and roll out my mat. You can simply make the space comforting by dimming the lights for an evening practise or opening a window for fresh air for a morning practise. Having plants around and maybe a scented candle burning is a great way to make your yoga space inviting. The more inviting the space, the more you will want to return to it everyday.
#2 Mini Practise
Embrace the ‘mini practise’. Not all yoga practises need to be 60mins of sweaty hard work. A valid yoga practise could be 3 sun salutes, 1 minute of mindful breathing or a good old cry in childs pose. These are all valid and worthwhile practises. The practise is showing up for yourself and allowing space in your day to be present.
#3 Use Yoga Music
Compile a list of your favourite songs you like to practise yoga to. And pop it on when you start your practise. (I share free yoga playlists every month via email, you can sign up at www.hmfyoga.com). I find good music tends to keep me on my mat for longer and it tends to be more creative. Dancing can also be a yoga practise!
#4 Video Inspiration
You could pop on a YouTube video (www.youtube.com/hmfyoga) to get you started. If you are not sure where to start I have a library of hundreds of yoga videos to try. I find sometimes starting with a video really helpful to get you going and more often than not I will turn it off half way and continue my practise in my own way.
Keep yourself accountable with a daily journal or diary, or you could share your experiences on social media or with a friend. Having a small bit of accountability will help you get on the mat even when you have those days you don’t feel like it. Those days will come and that’s okay… Remember, tip 2 😉
For more ways to find motivation to exercise read here.
For quick and easy tips to maintain habits read here.
I hope these 5 simple tips to build a home yoga practise has been helpful and if you would like to try a 28 day yoga challenge with me, please check out my e-book which contains over 9+ hours of guided yoga, meditation and breathwork.
If you have any questions about yoga or starting a home practise, please get in touch!