How to Start a Yoga Routine at Home
Updated: Nov 16, 2020
There’s something about yoga and Canadians that seems to click. Surveys conducted by Leger 360 indicate that 1 in 5 Canadians practice yoga. That’s 20%, which would equal out to roughly seven million Canadians. That’s a lot of yoga, which isn’t a bad thing. By now, there’ve been endless studies describing the benefits of yoga, everything from improved flexibility to positive impacts on your mental health.
Are you one of these yogis? If not, are you wondering how to start a yoga routine at home? We got you covered. We’re giving you some tips on how to start doing yoga every day. Maybe not every day, but more than you are right now. Are you ready to start a new yoga routine? Let’s go!
6 tips to start a yoga routine at home
1. Find a dedicated yoga space
Yoga involves a lot of movement in all directions. You’ll need space to stretch and reach without bumping into anything like your basement roof or that coffee table. What’s more important is that the space you choose is quiet and clean. Yoga is as much a spiritual practice as it is a physical one, so finding somewhere in your home with positive energy is the real key.
2. Set simple goals
Doing yoga well takes a lot of practice and repetition. When you’re just getting started, you may only know a handful of positions, and that’s OK. You’ll have to dedicate enough time to get better, so you enjoy all of the benefits. And speaking of time, don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t dedicate a full hour each day. There are yoga exercises that can be done in ten minutes, and if that’s all you have on any given day, then that’s fine.
3. Think about what you want out of each day
One important aspect of yoga is the intention, which can sync with your personal intention for that day. If you wake up feeling cloudy, maybe clarity is your purpose for the day, and you bring that intention into your yoga routine. It can be vulnerability, abundance or something else, but setting strong intentionality helps make your yoga session purposeful.
4. Don’t let lack of equipment stop you
All you really need is yourself and a yoga mat. Here's an article ranking the best yoga mats of 2020, according to Fitbug. And even if you initially don’t have a mat and you’re waiting for it to come in the mail, there are still poses you can accomplish that don’t require you to get on the floor. Yoga mats do make practicing more safe, so we encourage you to at least have that, but don’t worry about yoga blocks or anything else. Get your mat and get going. Read more about 6 easy ways to stay active at home.
5. Pay attention to your progress
When you see yourself doing better, it will inspire you to keep going. Observe yourself as you’re going through a session. See how far you were able to bend or stretch and compare it to how well you do those things from week to week. Go at your own pace and do not compare yourself to anyone else, but take mental notes of your progress and celebrate the small wins.
6. Find daily resources
When you’re doing yoga at home, you shouldn’t be doing it alone. There are a number of resources available online that can guide you through a yoga session. At Boomerang, we have regular yoga and wellness classes led by hosts who are skilled, experienced and patient in the way they deliver their routines. Finding these daily resources helps keep you accountable and make it easier for you to stick with a regular schedule. Read more about 5 simple tools to help you rebalance and recharge.
Join Boomerang’s Mindfulness Workshops
Boomerang has weekly virtual mindfulness workshops that include yoga, meditation and other self-development methods. This is a simple way to start a yoga routine at home and build the right habits that keep you accountable. Sign up for Boomerang and join our mindfulness workshops today.
Read more about 3 ways you can practice mindfulness
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