As a part of my May goals I decided to make it a point to establish an at-home yoga practice. I go to class consistently about 2-3 times a week dependent upon my work schedule. But I wanted more. I wanted to start incorporating my practice every day and with my own variation. Initially I set this as a year goal but didn’t immediately stay consistent with practice. I had to whip myself into shape! I made it a month goal and a habit to try even a short practice on my own every day. (Or close to!)
I began May 1st with my usual Sunday afternoon MindBody class at my studio. It’s the perfect way to end the weekend and start my work week out with a clear mindset. Monday May 2nd I set up my yoga space in my upstairs loft and began with a few sun salutations and then into some warriors and balancing. I put a little music on, placed a dab of Lavender essential oil on my wrists and melted into my practice. In length it was about 30 minutes worth of practice on my own and at the end I finished feeling refreshed.
I continued this trend for the rest of the week which included another MindBody yoga class on Tuesday night. I skipped Friday practice as I was at work a little late. But I picked back up on Saturday with my normal at home routine. I skipped class Sunday for Mother’s Day and a desire to clean my house up a bit. I even straightened up my yoga space and decluttered it enough to feel peaceful each time I sit on my mat. As you can see I am in a new routine of at-home yoga practice but how did I do it? Here’s some tips on how I established my at-home yoga practice routine:
- Schedule your practice each day. For me, it was each day after work. Find some time to schedule your practice each day that will be easy to adhere to.
- Set a time length for your daily practice. I try to stay within 30-45 minutes for my at-home practice. If you set a time length and time of day for your practice you are more likely to stick to this schedule.
- Set a playlist to your practice time length. Make a playlist of songs you can practice your yoga to set at the length of your time for practice. That way you have some background music to enjoy your practice to.
- It’s okay to take a break. I take Friday’s and Saturday’s off of my practice since Friday’s are busy for me work wise and Saturday is the one day during the weekend that Judd and I both have off together. It’s okay to take a day or two off from your practice so you can regroup.
My biggest goal with my at-home practice is to start practicing each pose every day. My biggest weakness with at-home practice is I sometimes avoid poses that are either too difficult or too uncomfortable for me. For example, heart openers like Camel pose. I avoid them like the plague! At-home practice gives me the opportunity to practice those harder poses on my own and to find a love with each..eventually! I’ve already noticed a difference a poses especially in my binds. With time my poses will progress. I am oh so thankful for this yoga journey I am on and hope it keeps growing.
Do you practice yoga at home? What’s your key to sticking with practice? Share with us!