Step 1: Have a home.
Step 2: Practice.
If only it were that simple, right?
I began a home practice in the Fall of 2015. It was a season birthed out of a necessity. I needed a home practice for two reasons:
1. Class times just weren’t conducive to my schedule. I’m a wife, a mom, a paralegal and a yoga teacher. I don't feel like leaving my house after 5:00 p.m. and I don't even want to put a sport's bra on before 7:00 a.m. so a home practice it is.
2. I wanted to learn and not just practice. There were certain things like handstands and deeper backbends that I wanted to really work on and I wanted to be able to dedicate an entire practice to those things if I wanted.
This blog isn’t about home practice being better than a class. Nothing compares to being in a room with a community of yogis moving and breathing and being together. And being led definitely has its perks. But practicing at home can take you deeper into your practice and ultimately into yourself if you stick with it.
A lot of people think of a home practice as intimidating. Instead, think of it as FREEDOM!
Here are some simple tips to get you started:
**All of this is done BEFORE your practice day**
Create a (realistic) schedule. Go ahead and pick out what days and time work best for you. And maybe don’t start out with 5 days a week for 2 hours. Do what you can REALISTICALLY do. If once a week for 20 minutes is where you're at right now, then start there. Now, I know what all of my Type B free spirited hippies are thinking…But you said FREEDOM, not planning! Save that free spiritedness for your mat. You have to make it there first and you have a higher chance of actually doing so if you schedule it out. If you don’t mentally plan for it, then your feelings might get in the way. Instead of not showing up and feeling disappointed, I want you to succeed and feel empowered!
Create your space! 1300 square feet + closed floor plan + 3 other humans + 1 dog = uninviting practice space. But we gotta do what we gotta do. No excuses. Find somewhere to go. You don't need a lot of space or anything other than your yoga mat. Also, parks are free! And if you can’t go anywhere, suck it up, vacuum the dust bunnies off the floor, shove the laundry in another room for now and practice. I promise if you just get started, nothing else will matter.