So how can you do yoga at home?
I would suggest it starts the day before.
#1 Figure out what time of day is going to be best for your yoga practice. It might be first thing in the morning before you go to work, but if you have to be at work early, that might not be feasible for you, in which case I have several students who have a consistent evening yoga practice. Maybe it is easiest for you to close your office door at lunch and do a 45 minute yoga practice then. Make it work for you and your life and commit the time to yourself, even put it in your calendar.
#2 I find part of the commitment is to get everything together in one space, including my yoga clothes. So that means I have all my yoga props and everything I need for my yoga practice where I am going to practice my yoga. I practice first thing in the morning, bright and early. I used to roll out of bed and practice in my pajamas. However, for the past few months I have been laying out my yoga clothes the night before and putting them on in the morning. It makes my yoga practice more special and something I observe with more reverence when I show up in clothes rather than pajamas.
#3 Plan ahead what you are going to practice. If you do not have an at home yoga practice going yet, I would suggest planning what you are going to do ahead of time so that you do not waste any of your precious time on your yoga mat scrolling through the millions of possibilities online. If you go to my YouTube channel you will see I have tones of playlists to choose from. You can choose from many playlists on my channel from hatha yoga classes, restorative yoga classes, yin yoga classes, yoga for back pain, hip opening classes, yoga for emotions, transforming your inner critic, beginner yoga videos, and chakra yoga, to name a few
Link to Playlists
(when you click on the link make sure you click on the + 30 more for some reason YouTube only shows you a few)
#4 Show up and practice. One of my fellow sangha members at a recent meditation retreat gave the best piece of advice I have ever heard about sticking with her daily meditation practice. I think it applies well to practicing yoga at home too. It was genuinely simple. She said, ¨I do not go to bed until I have practiced.¨ I think this is exceptional advice. She said she would notice her willingness to watch an hour of tv or YouTube or to read a novel and say to herself, if I can do that, then I can meditate, but I am not going to let myself go to bed until I have done my practice.
Thank you so much for practicing today. Put the word home in the comments if you watched all the way to the end. I will see you tomorrow.