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How to start a yoga home practice

You’re ready to start a yoga home practice, but you aren’t quite sure where to start. No worries. Luckily for you (and the millions of other yogis practicing in the comfort of their homes), you don’t need much to get in a good session without leaving your humble abode. With a little planning, you’ll be ready to go in no time. Here are three main things you should think about when you want to start practicing yoga at home. 

Find some space

Take this into consideration when choosing a place to practice: A cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind. A messy room won’t be as conducive to your session as a well-kept space would be. You could dedicate an entire room to yoga, or maybe it’s just the corner of the den. It could be that you move the furniture every time you begin your yoga home practice, or maybe you have a more permanent area set up. Wherever you end up, try to keep it free from distractions (both visual and auditory).

Set aside some time

Plank variation Copyright Body and Mind by MunaIf a yoga home practice is new to you, it could be hard to find the time. Unlike going to a yoga class that has a set time, length, day and place, home practices can be whenever fits in your schedule. There are pros and cons to this.

One benefit is that you can fit what works for you into your daily life. If you don’t have time for a 90-minute stretch session at the gym, you can still do 20 minutes at home. On the flip side, making sure you schedule the time can be challenging. That 5 p.m. class at the studio won’t wait for you, so you need to make sure you get there on time. The mat sitting in your living room doesn’t offer that same urgency.

Just remember: Five minutes on your mat is better than zero.

Let yourself let go

If you’re not used to practicing alone or without a teacher to guide you, the first few times on your own can be intimidating. You might have some preconceived notions about what a practice “should” look like. To get the most out of your session, it’s probably best to let go of those cookie cutter ideas and let your body take you wherever feels best. Each practice doesn’t have to look or feel the exact same, and each flow doesn’t have to be a mirror image on both sides.

Starting a yoga home practice

If any of this seems intimidating, just remember that everyone has to start somewhere. Maybe you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to your home practice, and that’s ok. You might have a hard time letting yourself flow freely, so maybe a online yoga videos are where you start. Wherever you are in your home practice, let Body and Mind by Muna help!

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