Creating a home yoga practice can be a challenging transition from practicing in a studio. I began my yoga training when I was 16, in Iowa at a place that was based in the Kripalu tradition. This style of yoga is very emotionally and energetically grounded, and I found it a brilliant intro to yoga because the truest intention of yoga is to unify all aspects of ourselves with the universe.
There is yoga that is the asanas/poses, and then there is the yoga where you integrate the sense of presence you develop on the mat and live that awareness throughout your day. One way to bring the essence of yoga into our daily lives is by becoming aware of our breath during the day. Another is to become aware of our body sensation and emotional feelings. These are two ways of developing a home yoga practice. With these, we can actually practice yoga while doing dishes, sweeping the floor, or looking out the window.
Now let’s talk about a home yoga practice on the mat. Here are a few guidelines and things to think about so that when you arrive on the mat you are fully prepared for your practice and feel fulfilled.
(You don’t need these things, but if you are accustomed to using them, it might be helpful to acquire them. Think about what you will want for Savasana/rest pose as well.)
One of the most challenging parts of a home practice, besides getting out your mat to start, is providing a place where you can let your mind relax while getting in a good fulfilling practice. That’s just the ticket…show up and be guided by your body. Really try to take the time to end your practice with Savasana! That is the time to integrate your practice and is the true gift to yourself to just be in bliss.
A home practice can truly revolutionize your life by giving you the ability to fit it in where and when you have the time and space. It becomes a way to empower yourself and your inner guidance and to cultivate internal leadership, self-discipline, and a deeper relationship with your own inner landscape.