Yoga can be done anywhere. Depending on your skill set, it can even be done on a cliff over looking the ocean! But you're probably here to practice an easier flow. On today's post, I'll be giving you 5 tips on how to get the best stretch while at home or in your backyard without an instructor showing you how!
1. Know the basics.
This is extremely important. If you're BRAND new to yoga, and don't know what a downward facing dog is, I would definitely look up a youtube video, or practice yoga at a studio/gym to get the gist of the basic poses! Basics in yoga consist of: Downward facing dog, plank pose, Chaturanga (lowering yourself into a hovering plank), and upward facing dog. This is "Sun Salutation." This is a good flow to begin with! You can even begin with a seated position, legs crossed, taking deep breaths. Again, if you are struggling with picturing these particular poses, definitely refer to a youtube video before beginning!
2. Do not push it.
When practicing yoga by yourself, it's better to be safe than sorry. I know during yoga class I push it because I feel as though I'm ready, and sometimes I hurt myself. If you're wanting to try more advanced poses, do a little at a time and gradually bring yourself into that position. Such as the crow, or the tripod stretch which is a modified headstand with your knees on your elbows. Do a little bit at a time. If you can only bring one leg up, that is WONDERFUL!
3. Make space.
If you're at home, move everything out of the way. Create a space where you can completely engage in the practice. Grab a solid mat, maybe a block and a strap and dive into it. Focus on yourself in your practice. Make sure you breathe and give it all you have to have a successful session. If you're in the backyard or outside at the park, make sure you have a solid foundation if you're not using a mat. This is extremely important because you do not want to pull anything!
4. Be aware of your breath.
This is the number one thing you need to understand when it comes to yoga. In order to have a successful practice, no matter what poses you do, breathing must come first. I believe the deeper you breathe, the more energy will flow throughout your body, enabling you to successfully accomplish any pose your heart desires. In through the nose, and out through the nose is how I do it, but many also like to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Either one is a great way to dig deeper into any position.
5. Enjoy every moment.
Even when you're hurting, enjoy the moment. When you're at home doing a practice, get spotify out (without commercials) and put on some calming music that will bring you to center. Enjoy every moment you're in downward facing dog. Bring your tail bone up to the sky, allowing your heels to drop to the floor. Do what you can and know that you're one step closer to reaching your goal. Whether it is to be more flexible, or to become one with yourself.
Take it one step at a time, and I promise you, yoga will become a necessity for you to have an amazing day. If you ever have any questions about my yoga practices, or any questions about any of my posts, always comment below, or follow me on all of my social media which is linked throughout my website.
As always, I hope you enjoyed today's blog post! Please share with your friends who would like to begin yoga, or even your yogi friends :).
Until next time,