After a long day at the office, sometimes by the time I get home the last thing I want is to get back in the car and drive over anywhere for a yoga session. So recently I bought myself a nice yoga mat and decided to try yoga youtube workouts in the privacy of my own home, so I can still work out and stretch without having to leave the house and the results have been amazing. Here are some tips to consider in order to prevent injury and maximize the experience:
1) Create your own space
Set aside a space in your room making sure it is free from furniture and is clean and serene. I like to light a candle to create a peaceful atmosphere and I have a nice playlist of soothing music from Spirit Vogage and Shiva Rea has compiled a collection of trance music suitable for Vinyasa flow. Keep the lighting low and relaxed.
2) Prevent Injury
Don’t force postures. Anything that is advanced is much better to do around a teacher who can watch you, but at home dont compete with your body -Be present, warm up, fully get into the poses you know…that is how an at home practice should be. Difficult poses should be in a class, where your teacher can make a safe environment for you.
3) Choose your youtube yoga style ( here are some of my favorite):
The internet is a wealth of resources for an at home yoga practice. Itunes has many yoga podcasts and I Yoga Life has many videos for a variety of levels.
Sit with a straight spine, close your eyes and focus on your breath. The benefits of meditation include everything from lowering your blood pressure to improving your mood.