Those who establish even a minimal home practice are quick to discover the rewards yoga has to offer. Practicing even just a few asanas (poses) at home on a regular basis, will reinforce what is taught in ayoga class, and best prepare you for class when you’re ready. Students who have a home practice find themselves not only becoming progressively more flexible and strong, but more resilient and calm in the face of life’s inevitable ups and downs. As a practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga, I love the self-led class of a Mysore practice within a group environment. But, it is not possible for me to always attend a shala setting consistently, so here are 5 tips that have helped me in my home practice of Ashtanga Yoga:
Tips to setting up yoga practice at home:
1. Set aside a minimum of 15 minutes every day, if you find this difficult to fit into your schedule, begin by making a commitment to do at least Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) each day. Some days, which may be all your time will allows don’t get discouraged, keep going! But on those days when more time is available, extend your time into a longer practice. Allowing yourself the time to do yoga is often a bigger challenge than the yoga itself!