The Benefits of Practicing Yoga at Home
by Leila Wright
Yoga is such a wonderfully powerful exercise that not only benefits your physical fitness, but also helps you to make a deeper connection with your mind and body. The importance of looking after ourselves is becoming recognisable on a wide scale, and many of us are turning to yoga for that sense of balance. It calms the mind, releases tension in the body and can even alleviate symptoms associated with digestive disorders.
Yoga is accessible to anyone, and you don’t have to sign up to a class to get involved. If anything, the benefits of practicing yoga at home outweigh the benefits of attending a studio, particularly if your desire is to strengthen your connection with yourself and use your time on your mat as a form of mindfulness away from the everyday pressures of life.
Here are a few reasons why a home practice is beneficial for your overall wellbeing.
You can practice where and when it suits you
Classes can be a wonderful way to get into yoga and find a practice that you like, but nothing quite compares to the beauty of moving around on your mat at home. Sometimes, a class can be a good way to get into yoga if you’re new to the practice and want to understand the foundations, but if you’re not a morning person, you work unusual hours or you don’t enjoy the structure of a class, then you’ll love the freedom that you can have at home.
The benefits of yoga are felt when you practice regularly, so yoga at home is more suited to those who are self-disciplined. If you’re not as motivated but are determined to be, a really good idea is to create a calming and inviting space in your home that you know you’ll enjoy spending time in, as that’s a great way to encourage you to get moving more often. Unlike a class, you can play around at a time of day that suits you, play any music you like in the background, and light some candles or oils. By creating an ambience that you enjoy, it will become a calming sanctuary away from busy life.
Using an app such as Yogassential can also help with motivation by making your yoga practice easier. The app allows you to book a private session with a yoga teacher, at a time that suits you, and in the convenience of your own home.
There are no expectations
Some people are understandably a little apprehensive about joining a studio if they’re new to yoga, while others struggle to relax around a group of people because of the pressure. If you want to simply stretch out and move your body however feels good to you, your home is the answer.
The same goes for anyone who wants to take it seriously – there are hundreds of apps and YouTube videos dedicated to people who practice at home, so follow one if it helps you get into the zone with your practice. The thing to remember with yoga, is that it’s not solely about the postures and poses you make, it’s also about how it makes you feel from within. The connection is so important, and if you feel more comfortable practicing at home then don’t give in to any pressures or expectations.
You can wear what you like
There’s no denying that going to a class comes with the added pressure of what to wear, whether that be for comfort or style. Experienced yogis can turn up to classes in beautifully colourful and stylish gear, and if you don’t have the confidence or the money to rock that just yet, you might feel a bit underdressed in your old leggings and t-shirt.
At home, there is no pressure. You could even practice yoga in your pyjamas if you wanted – no-one is stopping you! There are no rules for what to wear at home, so if not having to worry about dressing appropriately for the studio sounds ideal, a home practice will motivate you to get on your mat more.
It deepens your connection with yourself
The truth is, a class is important for practicing technique, but yoga at home is much more likely to bring your focus to your self-awareness. The holistic nature of yoga is what makes the practice so special, but it can be hard to reach that point when you’re busy focusing on your movements or looking around at how other people are doing when you’re in a class environment.
When you’re at home, you don’t have any of that to think about, enabling you to bring yourself to the moment and spend as little or as much time as you like releasing tension or stress where you know you hold it most. If you wish to deepen your connection, your home will give you the freedom to do so.
Creating a space within your home that exudes serenity and peace, away from the pressures of a studio, is the best way to encourage yourself to take to your mat and find that connection with yourself. We have a range of essential oil blends to compliment your yoga practice, all made with 100% natural, pure plant extracts to balance, stimulate or relax your mind and body.
Leila Wright is a freelance writer and blogger, with a passion for creating a positive impact on mental health and the environment.