How to cultivate an at-home yoga practice

Create the Space


Before you create a space for yoga in your mind, body and busy schedule, you'll need to create a physical space in your home. It doesn't have to be large -- just enough space to lay down on a mat and stretch out. Designating a dedicated spot can also help you create a space in your psyche for your practice and help you stay focused and consistent. If you don't have a space to dedicate to yoga full-time, simply keep the area clean and uncluttered so that you don't have to spend a lot of time getting set up every time you practice. 


Gather Your Equipment


One of the great things about an at-home yoga practice is that it doesn't require a lot of equipment. You'll need a yoga mat, comfortable clothing that allows full range of motion, and perhaps some blocks and straps -- depending on your level of flexibility. 


Explore Online Resources


There has never been a better time to cultivate an at-home yoga practice. There is a wealth of free, online resources to help you get started or advance your practice. You can find countless YouTube videos for every skill level. This makes it easy to follow along. Beginners may want to expand their knowledge base by watching a few videos in order to observe the subtle adjustments and alignment of the instructor. 


Do What Works For You


The right yoga practice for you is the one you can stick with. It doesn't have to be the same practice every time -- and it probably shouldn't be. If you're fatigued, a more restorative sequence may be what works. When you're feeling full of energy, a more robust and rigorous flowing set of poses may be what you need. Perhaps an energizing flow in the morning and restorative flow at night? The important thing is to give yourself the time, get on your mat, breathe, focus and move. 


BentalGreenOak hopes that these tips for cultivating an at-home yoga practice help to keep you fit and reduce your stress. 


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