So when I decided to begin overhauling my morning routine, I told myself that doing some form of exercise would be great, and it would help to get me ready for the day. I’m not going to lie, I doubted this thought to begin with.
That was until I discovered yoga.
Let me tell you I’m so glad I’ve found yoga, not for just the physical benefits, but also for the mental and emotional benefits too.
Now, honestly, yoga won’t be for everyone and it’s a slow process to get into it. To finally feel like you don’t look like a complete banana with your leg kicked in the air or your arms wrapped around your body. If I’d had started doing yoga in front of the mirror, let me tell you, I wouldn’t have gotten past day one!
Yes, you will look like a complete kn*b for a few sessions, but it’s so worth it!
For me, and for I can imagine so many others, the idea of stepping into a yoga class in your gym for the first time is a daunting thought. I once tried a yoga class at my local gym and hated it. I couldn’t do what everyone else could, and I most certainly didn’t understand any of the terminology! This is why I started practising yoga in the comfort of my own home.
Full disclosure, I still only know the names of a handful of moves to this day…for me, yoga isn’t about knowing all of the fancy names for moves, it’s about the health benefits and the way it makes me feel.
Twenty minutes of yoga at home is often more beneficial than driving, parking, and paying to practice for an hour at a studio. One thing I would definitely recommend is to at least learn the fundamentals of asana (yoga poses – there you go, first yoga term of the blog!). Learning the basics of any new skill helps massively. Most of the beginner YouTube videos I have found, teach you the basics so please don’t worry about this!
But Sophie, what do I actually need to start my home yoga practice?
Good question lovelies! Here are my must-haves for my home yoga sessions…
- Choose or create a quiet, uncluttered space in your home for your practice. For me, this is either in my living room or in our spare room in the attic. The only yoga “product” I own currently is a yoga mat. But I will be getting things such as straps and blocks soon! You can shop what I have and will be getting at the bottom of the blog. Your space doesn’t have to be large, but it should be quiet, clean and open.
- Have realistic goals, starting out with small pockets of time (10-15 minutes). I literally started with 10-minute videos as it’s all I could do! Now I’m working on 30-minute yoga flows. It takes time, effort and perseverance.
- Begin with basic beginner’s yoga sequences and expand your practice as your skills improve.
That said, it’s your yoga practice, so make sure you make your sessions, yours. If you find that having plants around you may help or some background music playing, it’s completely up to you.
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I can’t recommend checking out YouTube yoga videos highly enough! I’ve recently stumbled across Cat Meffan, who is a very experienced yoga practitioner. She has a great range of different yoga sessions and flows ranging from 15 minutes to full on 45 minute sessions. On her channel there is also Yoganuary, which is the playlist I am currently working my way through.
Yoganuary is a great way for me to practice tonnes of different of yoga flows. From power yoga to chill out yoga, it’s the perfect way to keep me motivated every day. I particularly enjoyed her power yoga for abs workout which honestly made my abs burn so bad! It felt awesome! 🙂
Another yoga flow I really enjoy which is one of the first videos I followed is this 10 minute one. It’s a very basic and good video to start with and is taken at a really good pace if you’re just starting out. It teaches you the basics and I did this one a few times to get my body in the yoga mindset that it had never experienced before.
Setting up a home yoga practice is only half the battle…now you have to roll out your mat and do it.
The best piece of advice I can give you about starting yoga is to make it part of your morning or nightly routine. This may mean getting out of bed 15-30 minutes earlier like I’ve had to do, but I also started going to bed a bit earlier, because let’s face it, we all want to get as much sleep as we can 😉
If you struggle with motivation, maybe try practising yoga with a friend, family member or your significant other. I tried to get James involved and failed haha but it isn’t for everyone. Being held accountable by others can get you onto your mat even when you feel like you can’t.
It may take a while to get into it, there have been mornings where I’ve just wanted to give up, but by pushing through it I’ve already seen the benefits.
Not only with my weight, which has gone down to my surprise, but also with the way I feel every day. I feel lighter within myself and feel more energised as I head off to work.
Once you get into it, trust me when I say, you get hooked!
Have you ever tried yoga? What are your favourite videos and practices? Let me know in the comments 🙂