Starting Your At Home Practice
Updated: Apr 8
Let's look at the bright side of this COVID-19 situation. Remember fighting rush hour traffic, racing to get "your" spot among the after work crowd in class? Well that's no problem right now. The problem is still getting in your much needed yoga practice when your favorite studio is currently closed. Don't worry, we're here to help.
Regardless of wether studio's are open or closed, having an at home practice is important. In my book, Good Being, Good Living, I explain that we all live in three worlds: our work world, our recreation world, and our home world. It's important that your home world be a place that you can rest, restore, nourish, commune, relax and feel safe. Setting up a space just for yoga, meditation and prayer can do just that.
Here's what you need to do:
Find a space that is uncluttered, allows for natural light and is free of distractions like televisions, computers or phones (unless you're taking an online class). If you don't have a space like this then see if you can create one. It doesn't have to be an entire room just enough for your yoga mat and a few props.
Set up your mat and leave it set up. When getting started I suggest that you leave your mat out in the space all the time. Doing this will remind you of what that space is for and also remind you to practice!
Bring any necessary props to the space so they are ready to go. If you don't have yoga props at home here are some simple swaps: Yoga Block = hard cover book (4-500 pages), Yoga Strap = belt or a hand towel, Yoga blanket = the blanket off your couch or that afghan your grandmother made you.
Schedule your yoga time just like you normally would. If there is a livestream class that is happening add it to your calendar like you normally would. If there are pre-recorded classes you take then do the same thing.
Tip: Try to keep your yoga schedule as similar to the one you had before. You've already carved out that time regularly so it will be easier to keep going. (I understand this isn't always possible but you can do your best).
The final step is to get on your mat and start practicing. RESILIENCE is live streaming classes daily on our social media channels and we have also created a library of close to 60 classes that you can stream on demand anytime anywhere. Check them out here: ON DEMAND YOGA & HIIT
Sometimes it's nice to practice at your own pace and or in silence. This is a really great way to connect with your breath and your body. If you'd like to explore a self guided practice but you're not sure how to sequence a class, don't worry. We have you covered. Here is the basic class template that we use in our yoga teacher training program.
BASIC CLASS TEMPLATE
Although COVID-19 has disrupted our normal day-to-day routine it doesn't have to disrupt our journey. Follow these steps so you can continue to find your way to your mat, staying grounded, centered and at peace.