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How to Start a Self-Yoga Practice

January 30, 2019 • By

Self Yoga Practice

 

For a long time now having a self-yoga practice has been associated with devout practitioners, yoga teachers and those with super advanced practices. Whilst it may be true that teachers and long-time yogis have a committed self-practice it is also true that practising yoga in the comfort of your own home has never been easier.

If you are a self-conscious beginner you may feel more confident trying out a few moves at home before heading out into the big world of yoga classes. Maybe you are short of time, a full time parent or shift worker who just cannot physically get to a class, why should you have to miss out on that juicy yoga high?

You shouldn’t. And that is why it is perfectly okay to practice your yoga at home.

A few bits of advice if you are new to yoga but want to practice by yourself:

– Listen to your body: Your yoga practice may be challenging but it should never be painful. If at any point you feel pain, stop.

– Find a video to follow. There are lots of beginner’s yoga classes on YouTube now. Find one you relate to and practice using it as your guide.

– Don’t give up. Yoga is a beautiful, life changing practice but, like all the good things in life, it can take time to reap the rewards. Keep going, flowing and I promise you’ll soon be floating around on a cloud of good vibes.

If you already have a steady yoga practice and regularly attend classes but want more yoga in your life (who doesn’t), here are a few tips on starting to practice at home:

– Try and get a designated space. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a yoga room at home but if you can find a quiet area to do your yoga in then keep that same space continuously. If possible keep your mat rolled out, if you see it you’re more likely to practice. If the space is inviting you will want to spend time there. Add candles or little trinkets that you like. Make the area as peaceful as possible so every time you step on your mat to instantly feel calmer.

– Find an online video that introduces you to things that aren’t generally included in your weekly class. Try a handstand or new balancing pose without the pressure of a big group ‘watching’ you. Make it fun and challenge yourself.

– Continue to practice the poses your teacher gives you. You will advance further if you spend more time perfecting the poses done in class. Your body will become more comfortable and therefore reap more benefits from the practice.

– Give yourself a really long Savasana. Don’t you just hate it when you’re super comfortable in your final relaxation pose and then, in no time at all, the teacher is bringing you back to reality. One of the many perks of a self-yoga practice is you can take as long as you like in your Savasana. Bliss!

Remember to always practice safely. Learn to listen to your body and never go beyond your limitations by yourself.

If you would like to practice in your own home with me, for free then meet me over on my YouTube channel. CLICK THE BUTTON! Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

Keep on practising!


Yoga & Meditation

Finding the Perfect Yoga Mat

May 1, 2018 • By

Yoga Mat | Northern Yogi

The yoga mat is a yogis prized possession. We become so attached, emotionally, to our favourite mat that we end up keeping it for longer than we probably should.

I am prime example of this. I’ve had my beloved yoga mat for almost a decade, it’s seen daily practices, train journeys, plane journeys, a teacher training, sandy beaches, dusty floors and buckets and buckets of sweat!

I’ve taken care of it, I’ve cleaned it religiously and I’ve really really loved it. But now it has this Sarah shaped print in the middle and it quite obviously time for a change.

But your perfect yoga mat it a challenging thing to find, like Goldilocks we are all looking for one that is just right. Not to bouncy, not too slippy, not too heavy.

I recently got to try the new Manduka Prolite Yoga mat and I can honestly say it’s a dream. Retailing at around £70, which is about average for a decent yoga mat, this beautiful mat is my new favourite thing to practice on, ticking all of my must haves when it comes to a yoga mat.

Some tips for ‘breaking in’ a new yoga mat (so it’s not too slippy)

  1. Cover it in salt, leave on for 24hours
  2. Wipe salt away it damp cloth
  3. Always roll your mat top side out so the ends lay flat when you practice
  4. buy some chalk for Amazon, talc won’t work the same as it’s diluted for softness

The Best Yoga Mats | Northern Yogi

It helps to clean your mat after each practice so your sweat doesn’t damage the material. You can buy a ready mat spray or make one yourself out of your favourite essential oils. I like to mix tea tree with peppermint and water to clean mine.

Invest in a mat bag to keep your mat protected whilst travelling from class to class. This is the place where you create magic, transform yourself, learn more about yourself and grow. Keep your yoga mat special and sacred so your yoga journey can be even more beautiful.