As a result of the global coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, gyms all over the world have been closed for some weeks now. But that hasn’t stopped resourceful and highly motivated people from finding new ways to get fit with yoga at home.
It’s really encouraging to see people trying out new workouts, challenging themselves and motivating their peers online. For instance, you may have been considering getting into yoga for some time, but balk at the idea of getting into downward facing dog in front of a class full of seasoned veterans.
Yoga classes are extremely welcoming places, but it’s completely understandable that you may not want to enter such an environment as a complete novice.
The good news is that you can start giving yourself a firm understanding of the basics at home and work on your core strength and flexibility. Then, should you choose to, you can enter any class with confidence when the lockdown is lifted and not feel like you’re out of your depth.
Here are some essentials that you’ll need to get into yoga at home…
While some yoga poses are achieved from a standing position, yoga involves a lot of floor work. A yoga mat has a number of symbolic and practical purposes. The mat represents a space where you are free of all the stressors and strains of the outside world and free to focus only on your yoga. It also provides a non-slip surface that protects your joints and makes it easier and more comfortable to hold your poses.
Yoga blocks benefit your practice in a number of ways, especially when you’re just starting out. They can lend you a little extra stability when getting into new and unfamiliar poses. They also ensure the proper alignment to ensure that your muscles are being strengthened and stretched correctly.
You might assume that you can do yoga in your old sweat pants, but you’ll get more out of your poses if you wear something that gives you a complete range of movement without putting pressure on your joints. By all means choose something that you can double up as casual wear such as leggings with pockets. Wear something that helps you to feel free and relaxed.
You will inevitably have days where you’d rather do anything else than yoga. Music can help you to get into the right mindset, enjoy your time on the mat and get the physical and psychological stimulation and relaxation that you expect from your practice. Check out these recommendations for music to practice yoga to.
Like any novice embarking on a new path, you need a teacher. Take a look at the various yogi in your local area and see if they have set up any online resources to help you to get to know them and their unique style. Failing that, there are a wide range of YouTube yogi out there who can help you to get your practice off to the best start.
And don’t forget to keep checking the yoga section of this blog for new ideas, challenges and tips.
So tell me are you ready to start your at home yoga practice?
In happiness and health,
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