Practice makes perfect, as they say. And Yoga practice is no different. It takes lots of time and large amounts of effort to become a super zen, highly flexible yogi (or yogini).
Most people who have regular jobs, families, hobbies, and never ending to-do lists may never have thought possible to add more yoga into their day. But it is possible, and well worth it.
Not only does developing a home practice save you time and money, but a few more minutes of yoga per day can reduce wrinkles, induce happy moods and improve longevity.
How does someone become a Self Yoga Guru?
Here are a few simple steps to help you on your journey:
Morning, Day or Night
Guaranteed there are a few moments that you could find in your day to up your yoga practice. Be it fifteen minutes combined, or five minutes several times a day will go a long way. Why not start now? Do you have room to stretch your arms out in any direction? Or maybe you could just breathe deeply for five whole breaths? If you are sitting or standing – could you round your spine into a modified cat or cow pose? Even if you’re not in the comfort of your home, do not let a moment pass on by without at least thinking about practicing some yoga techniques.
Rome Wasn’t Built in A Day, Folks
Do not plan on packing your own practice with a bunch of complicated moves. Keep it short and sweet. To start, keep your focus on the 7 movements of the spine (Forward bend, Back bend, Left/ Right Side Bend, Left/Right Rotation and Elongation). Or maybe you have some tenter areas such as a sore neck/shoulders or tight hamstrings? Find some simple moves to relieve any aches/pains you may have. Keep your moves focused and you will find the best results.
Schedule Yourself In
Choose a Yoga Pose per week and use variations of that move to lengthen and strengthen your targeted body parts and muscles. Maybe you wake up and get right to your practice, or let the moment flow in with the day. You don’t even need to work up a sweat, or use special yoga gear or clothes. Just pick a time, find a place and get your stretch on.
Grab a Goal
Having a goal goes a long way. Try to practice a few minutes a day 7 days in a row. Work towards touching your toes, or try holding a pose a few more breaths that usual. Attempt to sit quietly with your eyes closed for a few more minutes than yesterday. Whatever you decide for the challenge, share it with the social networking world. This accountability could make or break your inspiration. It could be the solution to help you stick with your practice.
So What, You Missed a Day of Practice?
Don’t stress over it. Stress is the antithesis of yoga. A self practice Yoga routine is meant to make you look, feel and be a better person.
Top Secret Tools Used by Yoga Teachers
There are so many cool yoga moves and there are even more instructors out there willing to show you how to make them happen. But where do they get their ideas? From each other, of course. Use the internet, read books, download Yoga Apps. We are living in the age of information. With a little D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) attitude, browse the internet for Yoga Sequence Generators or Yoga Class Builders. With these tools, your home practice will never be a bore. You could even watch a few online videos to spice up your routines. If all else fails to provide inspiration, attend your favorite yoga class and try to remember a few moves to try over the next several days.
Worry Not What Others Think
Do you catch a few looks at the Supermarket when you are using Swan Dives to grab for potatoes? Or do your co-workers/kids think you are nuts when they find you in mid mini-meditation? Who cares. Guaranteed they are looking in admiration, hoping to one day have enough self motivation to look and sound as healthy and happy as you do.
Where There’s a Will There is a Self Yoga Practice
To desire a Yoga Self Practice is the first step. It is your choice to make it happen. If you have experienced the limitless benefits of this amazing way of life, then there is no excuse that will keep you from finding your footing with a self practice routine.
There are 8 rungs in the age old philosophy of Yoga Sutras, and we covered 8 simple tips above to assist you in integrating more Yoga into your life. Was that a coincidence? Maybe. Either way, we hope this information finds you well on your way to practicing yoga at home, or anywhere for that matter.
May the Yoga be with you, with or without your yoga mat.