By Guest Blogger: Rita Amaral
In our busy lives, it can be difficult to find the time to go to a yoga studio, but that should not be an excuse to keep you from starting or maintaining a yoga practice. Practicing yoga at home may seem difficult or even impossible for some of you, especially if you are used to practice at a studio or yoga school.
So I will give you 5 tips on how to establish and keep your yoga practice at home. You will find that with time, it will be your favorite place to practice!
- Create your own dedicated space
Start by creating a dedicated space for your yoga practice. It can be a corner of your living room or a small room if you have one. Decorate it at your own taste, put some small candles, your yoga mat, whatever makes it feel special for you. You can even create a small altar with statues that resonate with you. It's important that it is a space only yours and that you feel comfortable and relaxed in it.
- Establish a routine
Try to establish the best time during the day for you to practice. Whether its early morning before going to work, in the middle of the day or late in the evening. It's important that the time for your yoga practice becomes part of your routine like brushing your teeth. You may not get it right the first couple of times, but make sure you try at a different time in the day until you find the perfect one.
- Find an online class or DVD
If you do not have your own yoga routine to practice, of if you are starting your practice for the first time, there are plenty of resources available for you to choose from. There are online yoga classes, DVDs, apps, books, you name it. Find one that you like and that makes you want to go back to your mat over and over again. This is important so that you keep an interest in the practice.
- Stick with it
This is probably the most difficult part! Sticking with it, making it work and maintaining the practice. Here you have to rely on your own ability to consider yoga practice a priority for you. Even if you are super busy and juggling your job, your house and your kids, you have to consider and feel in your body the benefits of keeping a regular yoga practice, even if it's just for 10 minutes a day.
- Do not put pressure on yourself
If there are times when you cannot stick with your practice, do not put too much pressure on yourself. There will always be ups and downs but the most important thing is that you always go back to your mat, even if it’s after a long period away.
Rita is a Mother, an Ashtangi and a Researcher. With a PhD in Biology, and after years of doing research on whales and dolphins, she found Yoga and Ayurveda and her life changed forever. She has been practicing Ashtanga yoga and studying mindfulness and nutrition for several years. Through her daily yoga practice and meditation and by maintaining healthy eating habits she found her well-being and overcame an eating disorder that haunted her for years. She is set out on a mission to help others achieve the same.
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