Yoga is an easy way to stay healthy regardless of your age, body type or fitness level. But first, stop thinking of chants in a foreign language (Sanskrit, by the way) or ultra-flexible and acrobatic poses. We will show you how to start practicing yoga on your own terms, from the comfort of your own home. You have more time now that you are not commuting!
Four Things to Know before Your Yoga Classes at Home
Start with Hatha, Yin or Restorative Yoga
- Hatha Yoga exercises your full body and aligns your breathing with a sequence of poses
- Yin Yoga calms your mind through stretches breath work, both while seated and on your back.
- Restorative Yoga relaxes your body and mind in a few slow poses. You will need a blanket, bolster (a long pillow meant to provide support during restorative yoga postures) and/or eye pillow.
- If you are ready for something more active there is Vinyasa Yoga, also known as flow yoga. This is perfect if you get bored easily. Vinyasa offers a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike.
Prepare for Your Time on the Mat
- Wear something comfortable but NOT an over-sized top as it will get into the way in your downward dog.
- Remember, your feet and hands are your foundation. Distribute your weight equally to maximize your balance
- Hydrate 30 mins before the class and have a bottle on hand.
Set Yourself Up for Success
- Set yourself and your partner up in a quiet space as you need to follow the instructor through the class.
- Remember, there will be points throughout the class to reset if you miss a move.
Start on YouTube for Your Free Classes
- Mirror the class on your TV screen, if possible. Try and go through the practice without stopping the video. You do not have to be self-conscious as no one is judging or looking.
- Explore different types of yoga and find the teachers who work best for you.
- Find classes that suit your schedule and body type.
As a Group Fitness Instructor and Yogi, I also encourage my students to take yoga classes. Why? You can improve your flexibility and learn to breathe better. Many people find they are less stiff and more mobile with fewer chances of injury. Another benefit is that you will quickly learn to manage your breathing with yoga to power up your muscles.