Cultivating Your Home Practice

Posted by on Sep 1, 2012

Creating a Space, Setting the Tone, and Making Time

Creating a Space, Setting the Tone and Making Time

Yoga studios and classes are popping up everywhere, sharing yoga in its many forms with people across a variety of settings as we find yoga classes at the park, on the beach, on the water (Paddle board Yoga), in the water (Aqua Yoga), at gyms, recreation centers, in schools and if your lucky even at work. With all that yoga out there sometimes we forget that there is a very convenient and low cost location for your practice, home. The amazing thing about yoga is that, if your focus is within and your intention is to practice, you can do yoga anywhere!

Creating a Space
When practicing yoga postures at home you should pick a location that wont be too distracting – somewhere that you feel comfortable and where you have enough space to move. Depending on the availability of space in your home, you may choose to set up a special room or place within a room for your yoga practice or you may find that your space to practice is where ever you can fit your mat. As you decide where to practice, consider a space that:

  • Has a firm and level floor
  • Provides focal points
  • Free from draft and direct heat

Setting the Tone
Each of our bodies differ from one another, just as each day differs from the next. On some days your body might enjoy an invigorating flow, on others you might notice that your body is craving the deep, long stretches of a restorative session and on others you may prefer a shorter practice followed by a period of meditation. The style of yoga and the intensity of your practice should complement how you’re feeling, both physically and emotionally. Some things that you can do to set the tone for your practice are:

  • Unplug, letting go of the distractions of your phone and other electronics
  • Turn on (or off) music
  • Lighting candles or incense
  • Take some time to check in before you begin

Making Time
Yoga is something we do for ourselves and it’s easy to come up with excuses for why we can’t practice on any given day. Practicing for twenty minutes five times a week is more beneficial than a two-hour session once a month and of course any yoga is better than no yoga at all. Remember that there are no requirements beyond the desire to practice. In order to cultivate your practice, try to:

  • Make a commitment to yourself
  • Schedule time for your practice
  • Go easy on yourself when life gets in the way

Whether you are following along with your favorite yoga video or maybe practicing a few of your favorite postures before you start the day, allow your home be a sanctuary where your breath can freely flow and your personal practice can grow. If you are new to the practice of yoga, please seek out the guidance of a certified instructor to begin your home practice with some knowledge of yoga Asana and body alignment.

Until next time,
Namaste

by Ashley Freeman RYT

Ashley Freeman is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Certified in Raja Yoga, her experience includes private in-home lessons, workplace wellness programs, and group instruction teaching various class formats and yoga styles. Find her on


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