The COVID-19 pandemic means that we now live in a world that has forever been changed. International lockdowns have meant that more people are working from home, working out from home, and finding ways to connect with others without having to physically be in the same room. Many people have limited space to work with, which has resulted in an increase in home workouts and a longing to start or continue a yoga practice even while lockdown restrictions have limited movement and shut down in-person classes. If you’re looking to learn more about yoga and to start your personal practice at home, an online program or class can help get you there. So what do you need to do yoga from home, and how can you prepare before getting started?
Carve Out Some Time in Your Schedule
First up, if you’re going to start a new routine, it’s important to carve out some time in your schedule. While most people believe we all have more time to do those things we haven't had time for while we’re in lockdown, it is harder to prioritise new ventures as a result of the nature of the pandemic and needing to restructure most areas of our lives. So start small, and build from there. Set aside anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes a couple of days a week and if you’re living with someone, ask them to help hold you accountable to that time. While it may be difficult to get started, over time it will become second nature, and before you know it, you’ll be looking forward to your next yoga session and roping in others to join you as well.
Set Up an Inviting Space
Before getting started, do your best to set up an inviting space for yourself, with enough room to stretch, breathe and to feel comfortable. Where possible, avoid areas where you work - it’s not always the most relaxing environment trying to do yoga next to your computer and desk. Perhaps there is a quiet corner in the apartment or house that you can decorate with a plant or two, maybe even a candle, that you have in other places, in a bid to make it as friendly and welcoming as possible. Yoga requires a calm environment where possible, and it will help you to better understand your instructor if you decided to use an online class or course to set the ball in motion.
Have the Basics Ready
You may have heard a few people push back against starting yoga as a result of “not having the equipment they need”. The reality is that you do need a few essential items, like comfortable workout pants, a yoga mat and a bottle of water nearby, but this is minimal compared to other sports. If you’re still in lockdown, it may be difficult to get your hands on an item like a yoga mat. Look up some alternatives and make do with what you’ve got for the time being, grab a towel, practice on your carpet, and don’t let this hinder you from embarking on an exciting new adventure.
Patience is Key
Last but not least, starting yoga from home requires a little bit of patience during the course of the process as well. You may find yourself getting lost during one of the early online classes, and you may feel discouraged about not getting to all the poses all the time. This is part of the process, and yoga involves slowly and gradually easing into your progress, learning how to control your breath, and ultimately becoming more flexible over time. If you feel like quitting a few times, good! This is totally normal and happens to the best of us. Armed with the right class, a sense of curiosity and a hunger to reap the health benefits that yoga offers, you’ll be unstoppable on a new journey to stay in touch a bit better with your mind, body and spirit.
At Hello Happiest., we've spent the last few weeks of Lockdown, developing a month long Yoga from Home Program, with the beginner yogi in mind, and what tools you will need to kickstart your yoga journey If you’re a first time yoga enthusiast looking to make a start, this program is perfect for you and we look forward to welcoming you there.