Designate a special space
The key to any home yoga practice is to designate a special space just for you and your mat. Keep this space clear of anything else. You can decorate your space to make it comfortable and inviting. Within your space, add inspirational items that may motivate your practice including inspirational quotes, meditation books or even photos of your loved ones. Read: Why You Should Start a Home Practice
Amp up the scents
Aromatherapy is the perfect way to bring some magic into your environment! Aromatherapy uses natural oils that have been extracted from parts of a plant to heal or enhance the practitioners’ physical well-being. Using oils during yoga will help you focus better and uplift your mood. Use a scented candle or a diffuser at your designated yoga space during practice. Don’t know which oil to try? Eucalyptus is a great one to start with as it helps you breathe better!
While it’s generally better to practice in a quiet environment, you can also achieve a quiet state of mind through music! Certain music or sounds help reduce anxiety and stress, therefore enabling your mind to reach a more meditative state. Good music will also help slow down your breathing, allowing you to inhale and exhale deeply. The kind of music you play will largely depend on your personality and the type of yoga you are practicing. For a more high-powered yoga, try upbeat tunes. If you’re practicing Yin yoga, slow and soothing tunes might be more beneficial.
Join an online class
Change things around in your usual practice by participating in an online yoga class! There are many websites offering free yoga classes online that you can join. You have the option to choose a teacher, a style of yoga and even the duration of the class!
An online yoga class will give you a different perspective of the practice and perhaps even inspiring your own practice. You might find good alignment cues on a yoga video that you can then incorporate to your own practice.
Ending your practice with meditation is sure to help you feel energized and rejuvenated to start the day! Just a few short minutes to clear your mind can do wonders both mentally and physically. Meditation can lower your stress levels and help you with depression. It also aids weight loss! Take at least 10 minutes at the end of your day to sit on your mat, relax and meditate.
The great news is that there are many different types of meditation that you can try out, from mindfulness, and vipassana to tantra and zazen. If you are just getting started, guided meditation may be the best for you. There are plenty of practical meditation apps available on the web to guide you through!
Elaine is a contributing writer for BookYogaTeacherTraining.com. She is a big fan of Harry Potter and dreams of organizing a Harry Potter-themed yoga class one day. To keep the Dementors at bay, she recommends meditation.
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