Practice your yoga at home
Once you have mastered the basics of yoga, it's perfectly possible to continue at home, whenever you have the spare time. Beginners should attend classes until they feel confident they can master a few positions without instruction. You'll just need a few props to help you enjoy yoga at home.
Yoga at home doesn't need to be arduous or too challenging. See it as a way of maintaining suppleness and keeping you up to speed on those occasions when you can't make it to classes. Make sure you have a comfortable and peaceful area in the home for your yoga sessions. You might need a little basic equipment.
- A yoga mat provides cushioning and the security that is essential if you are doing yoga on a wooden or polished floor. Natural rubber mats are the best, and are inexpensive, usually under £20.
- A yoga block, usually in foam or cork, is helpful for some standing poses, and useful for improving alignment. If you are trying positions like Ardha Chandrasana, a block is a suitable prop.
- Straps or belts are helpful with alignment, for positions where your hands do not quite reach each other, or where you have to hold your feet but can't quite stretch to reach them.
- A yoga blanket is a helpful prop for several positions. For seated poses, a blanket helps to raise the hips above the knees, and it can be used to cushion the back in reclining positions. Soft fabric blankets can also be used in the final relaxation phase after a yoga session.
Stay in the comfort zone
For relaxing yoga at home, it's best to concentrate on positions where you feel comfortable and confident. Anything more difficult is best left to classes where you have an expert to provide guidance. Many practitioners find that the Asthanga form of yoga is ideal for those who want to do yoga by themselves.