Committing to a home practice can be scary, rather than opting to take classes. There are some down sides to home practice for yoga, of course, and it can be overwhelming to even known where to start. Here are some top tips to help you out.
Firstly, do realise that home practice has up sides and down sides. Even the top yoga videos can’t replace the ‘easiness’ of attending a class you don’t have to plan, nor are they able to offer insight into your form and how correctly you are practising your various poses. They can’t support and guide you personally on your journey. However, it does provide the daily commitment you need to get the most from your practice, and can be considerably cheaper as well as needing less of a commuting commitment. As a beginner it can be tough to judge what are top yoga videos and what is nonsense or offering bad advice, though.
Make sure you spend some time on the online yoga community to find out who are regarded as producing good, safe, beginner friendly videos. Remember that almost anyone can claim anything on the net, and it will be difficult for you to evaluate the offerings as a beginner, so collective wisdom can do a lot to introduce you to the highly regarded and ‘safe’ channels that will offer you the quality tuition you need as a beginner. If you’ve practised yoga before, you will have more experience to draw on to evaluate these videos yourself, and can reach out further- there are many undiscovered gems of tuition on the internet- but as a beginner sticking with main stream, approved sites is the best idea.
Secondly, remember even the best video can offer challenges for your body. You will need to listen closely to your body, and ensure that any practice you do respects it. There will be moves your body is tight in, and will need to work on, and that’s exactly as it should be. Remember that your needs will differ daily as well. We do suggest that beginners opt to stick with the same sequence for a while rather than flit between them, some days you will be full of energy and others will need a gentler and more restorative practice. As long as you get on the mat each time in your schedule, you are building your practice.
Lastly, bear in mind that your home yoga practice isn’t about props and drama. By all means, you need a safe, clear space around you to practice, but you only need to make that ‘pretty’ if it’s something you will enjoy. You can use simple items like books, blankets and pillows to help you through the practice, and do not need custom bought props if you can’t access or afford them.
Whether you opt to use some of the tip-top yoga videos available online, or head to a ‘real’ class, yoga practice will help reap benefits for mind and body alike.