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Get the Most out of Yoga Class: 5 Easy Tips to Starting an at Home Yoga Practice

November 5, 2013
November 5, 2013

Get the Most out of Yoga Class:
5 Easy Tips to Starting an at Home Yoga Practice
by Lucka Mantra

When it comes to getting better at any skill, you’ve probably already heard that a little bit of practice every day is more beneficial than a really long session once a week.

If you were taking guitar or French lessons once a week, wouldn’t it make sense to practice your new riffs and scales or vocabulary outside of the lesson setting?

Well, it is the same with yoga classes. Taking home what you learned in your class and practicing it at your own speed is where a lot of the yoga magic happens.

But what if you struggle to find the time or motivation to roll out your mat on a daily basis?  Here are 5 tips that can help you get started:

1)     Schedule it! Practicing around the same time every day will greatly increase the likelihood of creating the habit.
 I like to do my at home yoga practice in the morning after my workout when my body is nice and warmed up. It was kind of painful the first few times that I did this but before long my body – and more importantly, my mind – really did adjust. Schedule a time of day that you will do your routine and stick to it. When it is time, put down whatever you are doing and get started.

2)     Just put on those stretchy pants and get started!
So now you have your yoga time scheduled. But its yoga time and you feel lazy. What do you do? Go put on your stretchy pants; it will help you get in the mood. The hardest part of working out is putting on your workout clothes! My goal is to do 15-20 minutes of yoga on a regular basis, and once I put on my gear and get started I usually get so into it that I keep going for 30-45 minutes.
3)     Do poses that your body loves.
Why not look forward to practicing at home rather than seeing at it like it is something you have to do? By doing poses that you love you help your body feel amazing and it will make you want to do it more often. You can save the more challenging poses to practice at your yoga class where you will have an experienced instructor to guide you.

4)     If you don’t know what to practice, find a sequence that you enjoy and follow it as a starter guide.
There are tons of free resources online. Think of something that you want to work on (my thing right now is the splits) and look up a ‘how to’ video on Youtube. I have also used this morning sequence as a guide to get me started, and then I add other poses as I feel like.

5)     Make a yoga practice calendar.
Every day that you practice mark your calendar with an X and try to sting as many X’s together as possible. This is a technique that Jerry Seinfeld used to motivate himself to write.
Jerry once said, “Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain. Don’t break the chain.”


Lucka is a yoga instructor at Wild Woods Yoga and Wellness in Nelson BC.
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