How to do Yoga at Home
How to do Yoga at Home
Namaste. Yoga is a hugely popular exercise for improving flexibility, muscle health, cardiovascular wellness, and overall peace of mind. If you’re looking to get into yoga but aren’t sure if you want to dive right into a class or group session, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn the basics of how to do yoga at home.
Intro to Home Yoga
There are a few things to know before getting started with yoga at home.
1. Invest in a yoga mat.
Don’t worry, yoga is not one of those exercises which requires loads of equipment. We do recommend purchasing a non-slip yoga mat, however. If you’ve got hardwood floors, some of the stretches might otherwise feel uncomfortable; and if you’ve got carpet, you won’t want to roll around on all that dust or pet fur. A yoga mat takes care of all of that while also giving you a dedicated space for your stretching.
2. Select a specific room or space for doing yoga.
Yoga is a physical exercise, but it’s also a mental endeavour, as well. The poses will help clear your mind and bring you into the moment, so it’s important to avoid distractions while doing yoga. If you don’t have a separate room to exercise, don’t worry- any space will do. Just ensure you remove anything that will take your mind of the yoga: phones, TVs, clocks... you know what your distractors are!
3. Do some research; it’s okay to be a beginner.
Yoga has a long list of benefits, from building flexibility and working your muscles in a low-risk environment to improving mental health and overall wellness. By finding a decent podcast of YouTube series, you have an expert to guide you through the various poses, from ‘The Warrior’ to ‘The Downward Facing Dog’.
4. Find a friend.
Like with any exercise, it’s always easier to stay motivated if you’ve got a workout buddy. Yoga is the same, especially since it requires mental dedication, as well. If you’ve got a pal to do stretches with, even over the phone or Zoom, you’ll be more likely to keep to a dedicated routine- and reap the long-term benefits.
5. Stick with it.
There are no reps and sets in yoga. Whether you’ve got 15 minutes or an hour, just be sure to make a routine and stick with it. Trust us, your body and mind will thank you in the long term.
Want to learn more?
Not sure if yoga at home is right for you? We offer a range of yoga classes at The Gym Group, giving you the instruction, structure, and community that so many people seek when doing yoga. If you want to learn more, why not get in touch and try out a class?