I’m sharing all about at home yoga today in this post.
I got to enjoy a long weekend in Canada in honor of Victoria Day yesterday. While the extra day off didn’t really mean much to me since I’m not going into work these days, it was nice to have an “extra” slower paced day. We ended up barbecuing sausages. The Victoria Day long weekend in the unofficial kick off to the summer here, so it felt appropriate to cook outdoors. There’s just something about barbecuing food (no matter what it is) that makes it taste better. I hope that you all were able to enjoy your weekend too.
Yoga studios are still closed here in Calgary to facilitate social distancing. Studios and gyms will be some of the last things to open up, so it’s safe to say that at home yoga will be a thing for awhile still, at least where I live. I’m sharing some tips and ideas to help you get your at home yoga groove on in today’s post. You also may be interested in post about starting an at home yoga practice.
While it might seem like you need a yoga mat, that’s not necessarily the case when it comes to yoga. If you’re doing a yoga nidra class you’d probably be more comfortable lying on a blanket. For a yoga practice that requires more movement I would suggest practicing on something that you won’t slide around on, like a yoga mat (affiliate link).
If you have props that’s great (I think a pair of blocks, a strap, blanket, and bolster is a great start). But you can also use things that you have around the house if you don’t have props. Sub in blankets or a pillow for a bolster. Use a big, heavy books for a block. Even take advantage of the wall if that’s helpful for you. I like to use the wall for balancing poses as well as inversions.
While it might be tempting to want to practice yoga in a space that’s as nice as a yoga studio, I don’t think many of us have access to a space like that at home. A bedroom, living room, deck, or backyard can all work for practicing yoga. I would suggest having it as quiet and distraction free as possible. I know that can be a challenge though when the whole family is at home with you. Work with what you have. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
You’ll need enough space to lay out your yoga mat. I find that I also need a few feet on the long edges of the mat and a foot or two along the short edges of my mat. If you’ll be following a class online, you’ll also need to have a computer, tablet, or phone nearby as well.
In terms of what your practice should actually look like, you have lots of options to cheese from. Many of my local yoga studios here in Calgary have been offering online classes. There’s something very comforting in the middle of this time of upheaval to do a class with one of my favorite teachers. It feels so “normal” right now, even if I’m doing it at home instead of at the studio.
Lots of online yoga teachers are also upping their game and offering more classes. If you already follow some on social media, check out the links in their bio to see what they’re currently offering.
There are also lots of options on YouTube. Check out some of my favorite yoga classes on YouTube. Whether you’re in the mood for a sweaty vinyasa class or a slower restorative class, you’re a beginner or a more seasoned yoga student, you can find something just for you. In addition to YouTube, there are also lots of yoga subscription sites to pick from too. YogaDownload.com (affiliate link) is a great option. I actually had a membership a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Glo, Gaia, and Yoga International are all great options too.
Do you have an at home yoga practice? Do you think you’ll start one since in person classes at studios aren’t happening right now?
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