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Home Yoga Practice

The Ultimate Guide To Home Yoga Practice

Disclaimer

This home yoga practice guide contains advice on physical postures as well as breath practice. Both of these practices have contraindications that can cause issues if used incorrectly. Please be sure to consult a physician prior to any yoga practice to be sure this practice is right for you. Yoga can be highly beneficial to many ailments and injuries, but first be sure it’s the best practice for your body.

Introduction

There is no better way to learn about yoga than through a personal connection with a great instructor. An experienced teacher can show you how to work through physical postures while avoiding injury and exploring the more internal aspects of yoga. However, a home practice is the perfect way to supplement in studio training or practice. It’s difficult to truly find the benefit from a true yoga practice without incorporating yoga into your daily life. An hour class here or there is great, but with this home yoga practice guide you’ll be able to expand the benefits and keep your post yoga class high buzzing throughout the week.

Home yoga practice is something that seems so simple, and yet is so hard to incorporate into your daily life. Finding the time for yoga every single day can seem like a daunting task. It’s something I’ve struggled with on my path to yoga. As the mom of 2 and a business owner, I found that often times my yoga practice would become less of a priority to all of the other tasks I have to take care of daily. Mostly I would just become overwhelmed by the idea of having to move through a whole practice every single day. Where on earth would I find the time, energy or creativity to come up with my daily practice?

I’ve learned overtime that 10 minutes of home practice a day is way harder than 75 minutes of practice in a studio. Why? Because first and foremost, you are the one to decide what to do. If you don’t want to push yourself, you really don’t have to. If you don’t make it to your mat, no one is there to tell you that you’re wrong.   And if you did actually get to your mat, it can be so hard to focus on yoga and easier to focus on all those chores you could be doing instead. It takes time to truly commit to your practice at home while totally focusing on your intention.

What does it mean to have a regular home yoga practice?

First and foremost, it’s important to break away from the idea that your yoga practice- and in particular, home yoga practice- must be at least 75 minutes and powerful. Move away from the idea that yoga is purely for exercise. If you’re simply looking for a way to get in shape, than your best bet is to focus on powerful classes. If you want to find a way to incorporate yoga for over health, wellness, stress relief and flexibility, than small amounts of yoga regularly will get you there!

You might be familiar with well-known instructors who encourage hours of practice a day to be able to do really advanced poses. And maybe you want that to be the future of your home practice. However, to get started let’s focus on small increments. Maybe you start with breathing and meditation daily, then move up to adding short 10 minute sequences each day. Once you’ve established the best time of day for you and a regular routine, you’ll be able to add longer practices into your routine.

With this guide to home yoga practice you can build your daily practice around the amount of time you have for yoga. You can even explore the section on yoga off the mat.

Get Started

Here are 5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to establish your home practice:

  1. Find your yoga space. Literally pick a place in your home where you will roll out your mat for a daily practice. Having everything in place and ready to go is the best way to keep yourself accountable
  2. Pick your intention. Are you trying to find a way to be more calm? Do you want a stronger core? Is there a certain pose you hope to achieve? This will help later on when you decide what exactly your daily practice should look like, but for now just understand for yourself why you want to commit to this. My place in my house is right in the doorway, honestly! I have all of my yoga props right there in a basket and roll my mat right out in front of the door. The entrance to our house has no welcome mats or furniture because that’s where I do my yoga!
  3. Gather your props. You may not yet be equipped with official yoga props just yet, and that’s ok. I think the most helpful props to have on hand are a block, strap and blanket. If you don’t have those you can use things from around your house. In place of a block you can use a large book, for a strap you can use a dog leash , rope or belt and any thick and sturdy blanket will do. If you’re not sure what to do with these don’t fret! You can find out how to use props here!
  4. Think about your daily routine. Where can you move things around to fit in 10-15 minutes of yoga a day. For many the answer is to simply wake up early. If you’re like me, rising early will never be a viable option. Maybe you have a time of day where you normally veg out and watch tv, could you give up 15 minutes of that for practice? Decide where in your day you’ll commit your yoga practice.
  5. Optional find a small notebook so you can track your practice. You can create a small list of what you hope to complete as part of your practice each day and how it made you feel. That way you can look back at what you’ve done in the past to repeat it.

Breath Practice

Focusing on your breath is a vital part of yoga practice.  Yoga is so much more than just moving.  Here are three different breath practices to get you started.  They are in order from the easiest to most difficult (out of the three selected) so take some time with one before moving on to the next.  Always take care of yourself and discontinue a practice if you start to feel dizzy, lightheaded or overwhelmingly uncomfortable.

Belly Breathing | Diaphragmatic Breathing

This is the easiest and arguably most important breath practice you can work with.

How to do it:

In a comfortable seated position, you may place your hands on your belly or in your lap. Lengthen through the spine to sit nice and tall and begin to take your breath in as deep as you can. If your hands are on your belly you’ll feel the belly rise and fall. You could do this anytime during your day. Start with sitting and intentionally breathing for 5 minutes during your day. Eventually you’ll reach the point where you’ll feel frustrations begin to work their way into your body and you’ll immediately resolve them by engaging the breath. If you’re not a regular belly breather, you’ll eventually find this simple tool to be such a powerful part of your world.

2 to 1 breathing, Long Exhale

Taking a long exhale in your breath is extremely calming. In this breath practice you’ll inhale for a select amount of time, and then draw out your exhale for double the amount of time. Inhale for 3, exhale for 6. Start wherever you can, maybe just 2:4 seconds for inhale and exhale. Overtime you’ll begin working your way up to a long exhale of 10 seconds. This breath forces you to focus on your count while also calming you through breathing. A word of caution though, never inhale longer than you exhale. It’s a very unpleasant experience!

Box Breathing

I love this breath for focus. It requires you to pay attention to your count. This breath practice is not one to start until AFTER you feel comfortable in diaphragmatic and 2 to 1 breath.

For this breath you’ll work through a count (start with just 3 or 4) for your inhale, hold your breath, count your exhale, hold without any breath. Repeat this for as long as you feel comfortable, making sure to stop and return to normal breathing whenever you feel like it’s too much.

Nadi Shodhana | Alternate Nostril Breathing

Take your hand in a fist and let just your pinky and thumb out of the fist. Sit nice and tall, take a big inhale. Use your pinky to cover your left nostril, exhale. With your left nostril still covered, inhale. Switch your fingers to cover your right nostril, exhale. With your finger still over your right nostril, inhale. Switch to cover your left nostril and repeat the whole breath sequence.

Yoga Sequences

You can find a variety of yoga sequences right here on our blog!  We have a lot of different options to chose from with more videos and blog posts coming out regularly!  Check back often for more ways to find your physical practice.

Yoga Sequences

Chakra Yoga

Yoga postures for each Chakra Each video below provides you with 4-6 different postures to incorporate into your practice for each Chakra.  To learn more and receive access to the full videos, check out Angela Glaz’s Chakra course online. Root Chakra | Muladhara Sacral Chakra | Svadhishthana Solar Plexus Chakra | Manipura Heart Chakra | Anahata Throat Chakra | Vishuddha …

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Create Space In Your Postures

If a yoga newbie asked what a block was for, the answer would most likely be, to bring the ground up to you.  That’s a perfect answer because that’s what it often does. There’s this idea about yoga blocks that they’re ideally used for beginner poses, and eventually, you should no longer need them.  However, at some …

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Take a Breath

A regular breath practice is one of the most beneficial things you’ll bring into your world (if you haven’t already).  Below you’ll find 5 different breath practices that you can incorporate into your daily life.  Over time you’ll find that intentional breathing has an unlimited number of benefits.  There is a breath practice for almost …

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Crow Pose Modifications

Try Crow Pose With These Modifications Bakasana or Crow Pose as it’s commonly referred to is one of the first true arm balances you might encounter in your asana practice.  This pose can be quite challenging as you first begin attempting to work into it.  There are many things that go into the posture including …

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Week 4 | Balance | Yoga For The Core

Reblogged from Seattle Yoga News Week 1: Stabilize Week 2: Endure Week 3: Fire Week 4: Balance Our practice so far has been building us up for this challenge. We’ve engaged in poses to stabilize our core, built our endurance with level 2 core stabilizing poses, added a little heat with a fire sequence, and now we will …

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Week 3 | Fire | Yoga For The Core

Reblogged from Seattle Yoga News Week 1: Stabilize Week 2: Endure Week 3: Fire Week 4: BalanceBalance This week is all about building endurance. We’ve set our base last week with core stabilization poses, now we can really work on building onto our poses. Let’s add some fire to our practice! This week will focus on really strengthening …

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Week 2 | Endure | Yoga For The Core

Reblogged from Seattle Yoga News Week 1: Stabilize Week 2: Endure Week 3: Fire Week 4: Balance   This week is all about building endurance. We’ve set our base last week with core stabilization poses, now we can really work on building onto our poses. Plank Crunches Start in high plank position: Ensure that the shoulders are …

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Week 1 | Stabilize | Yoga For The Core

Reblogged from Seattle Yoga News Week 1: Stabilize Week 2: Endure Week 3: Fire Week 4: Balance Our goal for this week is to set the base for our practice. The set of poses for this week aim to stabilize and strengthen our core. Repeat this sequence daily as we build strength for our core …

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Calming Yoga Sequence

Sukhasana- Begin in a comfortable seated position as you work on engaging the breath.  Breathe deep, filling your body with breath while you sit tall.  See if you can stay here for 10-20 long and slow breaths. Cat and Cow (marjaryasana and bitilasana)- Move up to your hands and knees and begin working your way through cat …

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Animal Yoga Poses For Kids

“Playing Yoga” has become an essential activity in our house. The benefits of introducing your little one to yoga are endless, but here are a few of the ways we’ve seen the most benefit from practicing with little ones.   Get them moving! My 4 year old gets cabin fever easily! We get the wiggles …

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