Making your own practice at home can be challenging and even scary!! It forces you to be comfortable in your own skin! Many people (such as myself) struggle with not having someone guide you through it. This is the beauty of it, to create it yourself and make it your own! There are many benefits of a home practice and saving money is one! We tell ourselves that we don’t have the time or don’t know what to do. Here are 7 easy steps that can propel you in the right direction!
1) Get On The Mat!
Once you wake up get on the mat! Begin to connect with yourself and go within. Maintaining a yoga practice every morning will set you for the rest of the day. Doing yoga once you get up will rejuvenate and wake up the mind and body. It will help bring focus through out the day and create a better awareness.
2) Take Some Time For You
Start your practice with five to ten minutes twice or three times a week just to get you started. There is no need to have a specific end time when you are doing a practice at home. Start small, and each week gradually increase your time; you may even find that you increased it naturally. Notice the days you don’t practice how your mood is and when you do practice. You will find that you feel the difference the days you’ve practiced vs. the days you didn’t.
3) Create Your Space
Create a special space in your home that you will revisit every morning. You will find as you practice daily, you will begin to have the desire to go right to the mat. What happens here is you start to create this positive energy in your space, you start to enjoy your own company, and it becomes a ritual. You give birth to a new healthy habit that will benefit everyone! Good energy attracts good energy.
4) Create an Ambiance
Make your space sacred and peaceful that will fit you. Some suggestions are; lighting a candle, putting some music on, burning some incense, anything that will help set the mood. This is very helpful with setting the mood of the practice and will promote peace.
5) The Practice
The whole purpose here is to do your practice. Start off with making an intention and offer your practice to someone, to yourself or beyond you. Include a breathing exercise, some mantras if you’d like and begin. You want to start off with some warm up poses to get your joints and muscles lubricated. A perfect example would be doing a few rounds of Sun Salutations. Then, do whatever poses you want! That’s right you can do whatever you want with your own practice! Always finish your practice with Savasana or Corpse Pose. This is very important to allow the body to rest even if it’s for a few minutes. When you’re finished you are reborn into a new day.
6) Hydrate The Soul
Many individuals do not drink enough water and it is vital to our bodies. It helps lubricate the muscles and joints, flush out toxins, hydrates the whole body, thus more. DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. If you’re thirsty, it means you’re already dehydrated. With your practice I would include a glass of water and you can even add some lemon, which helps wake up the immune system. So get drinking!
7) Loving You For You
Make your yoga practice a daily routine. It helps center you and kick start your day! Why wouldn’t you want to start the day off with connecting with yourself? Just do it! You will be with yourself your whole entire life, so get to loving you and get on the mat! Namaste!
Jesenia is from Long Island, New York. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki One Practitioner, Yoga Teacher and continuing her education in the Acupuncture program. Jesenia has multiple hobbies including reading, meditation, Yoga, learning, cooking healthy meals, and making natural products. She is a strong believer in alternative health and striving to be the change, one step at a time. Jesenia is passionate about learning a healthy lifestyle and self-realization. Her goal is to find bliss in everything, share it to the world, and spread it like wildfire. Catch up with Jesenia on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram!