The first time I practiced yoga on my own at home was a day I will never forget. Enthusiastic and determined I rolled out my mat, sat in half lotus, and started focusing on my breath. Then I realized I had no idea what to do next and I started laughing uncontrollably. I didn’t get the yoga practice that I had intended to get in that day, but I certainly got a good ab workout laughing at myself.
Starting a home yoga practice can be difficult. Honestly, I didn’t get serious about my home practice until I started teacher training, and it’s probably because at that point in my practice I knew how to string poses together into a meaningful flow. But even before teacher training, once I started moving on my mat my body would take over and the poses would just happen. I was amazed at how much I retained just from attending classes regularly. Normally when I leave class I am so in the "yogi zone" that I don’t even know what day it is, and I am certainly not thinking that I will be able to recreate the flow we just did. Muscles have memory and your body will go where it feels most comfortable; listen to it.
If you are still stuck – go online. There are so many amazing resources out there to take your practice to the next level. YouTube and DoYogaWithMe are great resources for free videos, and there are numerous subscription websites (and even mobile apps) that give you access to unlimited yoga classes, tutorials, guided meditations, recipes, horoscopes, and life coaching (see below). The subscription websites typically cost about $10-$20/month for unlimited videos which is about the same price as a single class at a yoga studio. Most of the websites offer a free trial period so you can try a few out and decide which website is the best for your needs.
Here are a few options to get you started:
Starting a home practice has many benefits. The two that really stick out for me are that I am able to practice on my own time and in the comfort of my own home. Sometimes I only have 30 minutes to squeeze in a flow or I want to spend some extra time working on my alignment or focusing on hip openers. By leading my own practice I can focus on whatever my body needs at that time. I noticed a huge difference in my overall yoga practice after I started practicing more frequently at home.
Another benefit of a home practice is building confidence, particularly if you are new to yoga. Maybe you have been thinking of signing up for a class at your local studio but you aren't sure what to expect or you are uncomfortable. Online classes and private yoga classes are the best way to build confidence in your yoga practice.