To be honest, most of the people always want to go to a yoga studio and join at least one class per day because the public class gives them the perfect atmosphere as well as the yoga energy that is nowhere to be found. Moreover, the creativity of yoga instructors is actually beyond compare. However, unfortunately, they are so buried in work that they can’t take a class at any studio they want, or rather, they have to practice at home every day. And here are some tips gleaned from the experience of practice yoga at home:
1. Set a Yoga Schedule
Planning a workout schedule then complying with it seriously and strictly is always an excellent way to get yourself into your workout shoes. The same holds with yoga. You have to set the goal to reach a given number of times every week.
It’s more helpful for you to establish the concrete practicing days and times a week in advance. Three times a week is much better for you to achieve real benefits and progress.
If you’re holding a harsh workout schedule with five to seven times of practice a week, you had better slip some stretch-based classes in your schedule to enable your body to rest.
2. Aim to Practice Thirty to Sixty Minutes
Many public yoga classes usually last 75 to ninety minutes. If you follow them, you may just feel discouraged, frustrated or distracted because it is not simple for you to maintain a long class on your own without the guidance of an instructor and the collective energy of a classroom.
While a yoga class is supposed to giving specific alignment or delicate instructions for those who are new members, you will be more effective when practicing at home by getting in a complete practice in only thirty minutes.
3. Have a Plan and Keep It Simple
Make an individual plan of what you mean to complete on your mat, and keep it simple. This easy outline may helpful for those who practice at home:
First, collect yourself with a still position. Focus on your breath for two to three minutes on end. Sun salutations are the best choice for you to warm up your key muscles in the next five to ten minutes. After that, in the standing poses, you can perform your warrior poses, balancing poses, and arm balances for ten to twenty minutes.
It’s great to do back bending poses in five to ten minutes. If you do handstands, stretch your wrists well. Some deeper stretches into the large muscles will help your body cool down. A hamstring opener, hip opener or twist are your options. Three to five minutes. Take savasana! It's a significant step to close your practice with a quiet and relaxed moment to listen to your whole body and perceive the change of it. Enjoy five to ten minutes.
4. If You Can’t Do It, Don’t Do It
In a class, an instructor will guide you closer to poses you haven't conquered yet. On your own, you may get injured by doing these poses inaccurately and remember if you're uncomfortable in a pose, just skip it.
5. Be Consistent
If you desire a flexible and strong body by using yoga, you have to spend many days a week for months or years. But no worries, you will have little triumphs throughout your way because every time you come to your mat, you will gradually see your body changing and evolving.