September is here and you know what that means – National Yoga Month! It’s a month to celebrate, observe, and promote yoga and its many health benefits. It’s a month to inspire people to start living a healthy lifestyle.
Yoga is the practice of uniting the breath and the body into an organized harmony. Pranayama is the foundation of yoga and meditation. It can be practiced anywhere you feel comfortable – even right at your very own home.
To practice, you can use either a chair or a mat; both are great options. Practicing pranayama is good for improving and strengthening physical and emotional health. It is known to reduce stress levels, improve sleep quality, increase mindfulness, and enhance cognitive performance, among others.
If you haven’t already, September is the perfect month to create and maintain a steady yoga practice. If you don’t know how, here are some tips you can follow.
1. Subscribe to an online studio
If you’re a first-timer who hasn’t really established your own routine yet, subscribing to an online studio can help you get started. From there, you can start a daily or perhaps weekly practice according to your availability and preference.
Yoga with Tianna releases new videos every week! Check out her videos on yoga and meditation and enjoy some yoga challenges and tips along the way.
2. Find and create your yoga spot at home.
It’s important to find that certain space in your house that you can dedicate to your practice. Consider that your sacred space; a place where there’s no distraction or disturbance as you practice.
Dedicating a place for your yoga practice helps you establish a routine. If you tend to transfer from one area to another area in the house for your practice, you might not be as committed to doing yoga regularly as you’d hoped for. Create a space where you can relax, be at peace when you do your practice and commit to it.
3. Prepare your equipment
Practicing yoga at home can give you the freedom and comfort of accessing equipment easily from your own house. You can practice yoga with only a chair, and of course, you can do it with only your mat. You can also use some blocks and other props if you want to try other poses as you go along your practice.
Make sure you’re wearing comfortable yoga clothes, have your own clean mat, some water, and if you practice outdoors, a blanket. Getting all your equipment ready helps you create a smooth yoga flow.
4. Commit to a schedule where you can focus
Take time to sit down and think about your everyday schedule. There might be some changes you have to make if you want to establish a solid yoga practice in your lifestyle. Sitting down and writing a schedule that works best is better than just thinking about doing it in your mind.
Here are some guide questions that might help you create a realistic schedule:
- How long will you practice?
- What time of the day is it most effective for you to practice?
- How many days in a week can you commit to practice?
5. Start with simple and basic poses
As you create your yoga practice, it’s important to start simple so you can maintain doing it. If you start with overly complicated poses, you might lose interest and get frustrated over time. Simplicity is beauty, as they say, and the same is true when creating your home yoga practice.
Grab your phone or laptop and follow short and basic poses from your chosen Yoga Channel to start your practice. It’s important to start building the habit of a home practice than perfecting the routines and being good at it. The more consistent you are in your practice, the better you will become over time.
6. Join an online 30-day yoga challenges
One sure and effective way of creating and maintaining a solid home yoga practice is by participating in 30-day challenges. Doing yoga for a full month can help you establish your routine. Doing it with other people and with a yoga teacher can help motivate you to finish the challenge.
That being said, Tianna Christine will be hosting a 30-Day Yoga Challenge on her Youtube Channel. If you’re finding a way to start your home yoga journey, this is it! Subscribe to her channel and socials to get the latest updates on this challenge.