Yoga practice at home on a daily basis not only helps you stay healthy, happy and more productive but also benefits your family as they too will get a feel of the positive energy and calmness around. What’s more, seeing you enjoy the benefits of Yoga, even they would be interested in joining and practice along with you.
1. Choose a convenient place
Having a private room in your house for your daily practice of Yoga will help create positive vibrations in the room. It helps you focus on your asanas, as you are not likely to be disturbed by anyone. This also helps you stay calm and energized. Ensure that the place is clean and well-ventilated.
2. Select loose and comfortable clothing
You would want to get yourself loose and comfortable clothing, as the stretches and twists you make will be uncomfortable in tight body-hugging outfits. Also, remove your jewelry, watch, or any other ornaments you usually wear.
3. Choose a convenient time
Set apart a time for your daily Yoga practice. Morning times are generally considered to be the best as one gets high energy levels throughout the day. Supposedly your schedule does not give you the flexibility to do it in mornings, then you could choose a time slot that suits your schedule – be it late mornings, before lunch or evenings before dinner. Just ensure that you practice Yoga only on empty stomach.
4. Practice on an empty stomach
It is essential to empty your bowels before you start your Yoga practice or even Meditation. It is advised to have a 4 to 6 hours gap between your meals and Yoga practice.
5. Warm up your body
Warming up your body before the Yoga Practice is an absolute must, as otherwise, you might risk straining your muscles. Many Yoga Teachers start with Surya Namaskar as warm up exercise.
6. Listen to your body
Always listen to your body while doing the asanas and not get carried away comparing your teacher or mentor or peers. Remember that asanas should always be done without any expectation or competition. A Little discomfort is ok, but whenever you feel pain just go back to Shavasana and relax.
7. Practice Regularly
As mentioned above, a daily practice of Yoga, though for a minimum of 20 minutes, is likely to be more effective than 2 hours of irregular practice. Your goal should, however, be for 1 hour of daily practice. Once you practice daily for about 1 year, you will see the difference for yourself and make it a habit and part of your daily life schedule. There might be occasions where you might not have 1 hour of time. In those circumstances, it is better to at least practice for 20 minutes.
8. Practice along with your family
When you start anything (exercise, diet control, etc), there is a tendency to get excited and after some time, you might get bored. Same is the case with Yoga. Unless you have a deep desire and are internally motivated, you might get bored and feel lazy to wake up early and do Yoga every day. It would be a great idea to start pulling your family members or friends and practice Yoga together. You will have fun every day which will keep you interested to practice daily.
9. Add variety of Yoga poses
As a beginner, you may start with a few initial yoga poses. However, adding a variety of Yoga poses to your routine, will sustain your enthusiasm, as you keep challenging yourself. Always remember to end your daily practice with Yoga Nidra, which is an excellent relaxation technique. It is extremely important to follow your asanas by Yoga Nidra, as the body and mind need time to incorporate the effects of the asanas. Additionally, it helps in cooling the body and bring the temperature back to normal.
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