During this crazy, unprecedented time of global lockdown, the daily rituals and habits that usually structure our lives and give it meaning, are having to be completely readjusted to comply with social distancing.
This means that for those of us that are used to going to a yoga class in our local studios or gyms; our bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, gardens, and hallways are now being transformed into our very own yoga Shala’s.
For others, yoga might not have been something that you’ve had time for until now. With social commitments, events, weddings, parties, and even work being cancelled, people have a lot more time on their plates to exercise or try the things they’ve always wanted to but have never had space for – yoga being one of them.
Developing a home yoga routine is one of the best things you can do to stay active, calm, and (not to mention sane) during times such as these. Yoga goes far beyond the poses you do on the matt. It seeks to build a lifestyle that values health, calmness, harmony, and positive thinking, and it is one of the most effective therapies for those seeking a holistic approach to health and wellness.
What you get from yoga practice is so much more than just the physical benefits such as a shaped physique and better fitness. Yoga brings with it many physical and psychological benefits that not only give you the tightly toned body you’ve dreamt of but also improve your mental health and overall wellbeing in ways that can completely transform your life.
If this lockdown is giving you a bit of cabin fever, and you’re feeling stagnant or maybe even a little bit stressed, we recommend developing a home yoga routine. In this article, we will give you some tips on the best ways you can create your own yoga space and yoga routine at home.
- Creating a dedicated yoga space in your home
The good news is – you don’t necessarily need to leave home in order to achieve that overwhelming sense of bliss you feel as soon as you walk into your favourite yoga studio. Whether it be the dim lighting, the smell of the scented candles, the salt lamps, or the peaceful music, there is a lot of things that go into creating the warm energy a yoga studio provides.
The first step is finding a space in your home that is large enough to move around in. Ensure the space is decluttered, making sure all items in the space are contributing to its beauty or function. Remove anything that doesn’t serve either purpose and design your space to suit your specific needs.
You might want to create a small altar with candles, crystals, angel cards, or even just a plant, to help create a sense of serenity. You would be surprised at what something as simple as a salt lamp can achieve in spaces such as these.
- Making sure you have at least some (or all) of the necessary yoga equipment
In order to get the most you can out of your yoga class, we recommend having as many yoga props as possible. A mat is a definite necessity, however, if you don’t have one, you can always use a towel or something similar.
Yoga blocks and straps are great to have in your practice, to assist you in some of the poses. The good news is – you can always use some books as blocks, and rope or a tie as a strap. We recommend bringing cushions and blankets into the space to not only assist in certain poses but also get the most you can out of Savasana (which let’s be honest, is one of the best parts of a yoga class).
- Structuring your day to incorporate a yoga class
With all this time on our hands and not much to do, developing a daily routine is essential in surviving a lockdown. In fact, weeks of social distancing and pandemic restrictions have shown people how meaningful it can be to have a daily routine. Not only does it create some structure in your otherwise relatively structureless days, but it also can help you avoid boredom or moments of sitting around scrolling through social media for hours because you don’t know what else to do.
To maintain a sense of security and familiarity, it might be useful to try to make your routine as similar as possible to your typical one. Whenever it is you usually exercise, it might be a good idea to practice yoga at the same time. If not, consider your body clock and time schedule to find a time that suits you and your other commitments.
Usually, the first thing in the morning is a great time to practice, as it’s the perfect way to start your day and get into your body. If not, any time is better than no time. We recommending carving out 30 minutes to an hour each day, where you commit to rolling out your mat and practicing your home yoga class.
- Using yoga home workouts
At Kaya, whilst we won’t be seeing you at our fitness studio in Prahran or Melbourne, we are keeping our students and followers motivated and energized during this time of self -solation through offering online ‘Kaya at Home’ yoga classes.
The good news is – no two yoga classes are the same! We pride ourselves on ensuring every single class is completely unique – to help you all shake off all the cabin fever and keep things fresh and exciting!
Either way, we recommend following an online yoga class of some sort, to ensure you are still learning from a professional yoga instructor. Even though you will be learning through a screen, receiving their guidance, and being able to mimic their technique within each pose, really does make all the difference.
- Monitor progress
Monitoring your progress can be one of the most exciting things about developing any kind of regular yoga routine. Whether you want to take images once a month of you in certain poses, or just keep a mental note of your flexibility levels throughout the journey, one thing’s for sure – you certainly WILL notice progress. There is no better feeling than realising you can finally touch your toes, or reach that little bit deeper in each stretch.
Just remember that each body is different, so there is no one way that a pose “should” look. As long as you are following the correct technique and not noticing any unusual pain, your body will intuitively know what feels good and right for you.
This is one of the biggest advantages of practicing yoga class at home; the ability to tailor your practice to you, modifying or holding poses as needed without feeling pressure of keeping up with the rest of the class. Regardless of which way you choose to practice – remember to listen to your body and be kind to yourself as you go through your yoga practice.