How To Start Yoga At Home For Beginners
Posted On March 18, 2020
There are so many reasons for wanting to start yoga at home at the moment.
With everything going on in the news at the moment with coronavirus, there will be many more people at home for long periods of time. This may be you right now. You might be feeling bored, lonely or just fed up.
Yoga can help.
As well as helping you get a stretch on and potentially find a new hobby, yoga can help to ease your calm in these uncertain and uneasy times.
Get some basic equipment
When starting your yoga practice at home, you may want to get some basic equipment. You can find everything you need online, and get it delivered straight to your door.
The only thing you need to get started is a yoga mat. There are various types of yoga mat to choose from online, so it might be worth doing a little research before you choose to buy one.
If you’re not fussy, just grab the cheapest, good quality one you can find on Amazon and get started.
Once you begin practicing at home, you might get a feel for the types of equipment you’ll want to enhance your practice. It’s a good idea to just start with a mat to begin with. But you might find that as you learn a few new poses, you could benefit from a yoga block, or yoga socks.
If you can, I’d actually advise buying a yoga mat, yoga socks and a yoga block to get yourself started. With the help of a yoga block, you will be able to make certain poses a little more comfortable – especially if you’re a beginner and are not too flexible yet.
Yoga socks can help with this too. You’ll be trying lots of new poses and they may feel a little unsteady at first. Help yourself out by getting some grippy yoga socks to help ground you whilst you embark on your new yoga journey.
Start with breathing
Once you’ve got your gear ready, you’ll want to think about getting started. When most people think of yoga, they think of the poses and the movements. However, yoga is much more than just the poses.
The foundation of yoga comes from the breathwork you’ll be doing alongside the poses. If this feels new to you at the moment, then have a browse on Youtube for some guided beginner yoga videos – maybe even videos that focus solely on breathing for now – and give it a go.
This isn’t essential, of course. You could get straight into yoga. However, if you get to grips with how your breathing may change during your yoga practice, and learn how to control this, the poses becomes more enjoyable rather than a challenge.
You can think of your breath as your anchor, or guide, throughout your yoga practice.
And what I love about the breathing techniques we learn whilst we do yoga, is that we can utilise these in our everyday life. Breathing is so simple, yet so many of us forget to do it properly throughout the day. By incorporating conscious breathing into our yoga practice, we increase our awareness to how we are using our breath throughout daily activities.
And as soon as we become aware of this, we have the power to change it.
Set aside the time
So you’ve got your mat, you’ve tried some basic breathing exercises and now you’re raring to get started with your practice.
The first thing I would consider when starting any new hobby is the time you are choosing to set aside for it. You always have time for hobbies – even if it doesn’t feel like it. And especially with yoga at home, you can completely tailor it to however much time you do have at the moment – whether it’s 10 minutes before bed or 30 minutes in the afternoon.
This is important because if you fail to set aside a specified time to practice at home, it will be easier to let the practice go, and begin to skip days or weeks.
There may be certain times of the day where you feel more able to practice, or where you have a little more time to practice. It’s worth noting that practicing at different times of the day can have different effects, and can optimise your wellbeing in different ways.
Hold yourself accountable! You’ll thank yourself for it in the long run.
Now try some poses…
So now you’re really ready to get going!
To get yourself into the habit as a beginner, it can be helpful to get started with a 30 day yoga challenge, or something similar. These can easily be found on Youtube or Google, and can be a good way to have a teacher guiding you through a new practice each day.
This can be a great way to get acquainted with a lot of different poses in a short time, to really feel things out and find what feels good for you.
There are some poses which will be more suited to beginners, so try those first and make sure you go easy on yourself. You aren’t going to be great at it to start with!
This leads nicely onto my next point…
Embrace the discomfort
It may feel clunky, uncomfortable and even frustrating at first. But like everything, it will get easier as you get stronger and more flexible.
The great thing about yoga is that it is a spiritual and mental practice as well as a physical one. This means that yoga can teach us some great mental techniques that we use throughout the practice, but can also apply to our everyday lives.
One of these is easing ourselves into discomfort, and staying there, tolerating it and breathing through it. This is something I like to speak a lot about on this blog, simply because I feel it is so important.
The current climate at the moment is uncertain. Things feel strange and unfamiliar, and the world is in a very different state to what it was even a few months ago. It’s going to be natural for a lot of us to feel anxiety and sadness at this time.
Yoga can help us to breathe through these feelings and accept them for what they are, one practice at a time.
All the best