“You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” ~ Sharon Gannon
After I turned 30 years old I noticed that I was gaining weight. I have been an “active” person since I was a kid so I thought I could just go back to the gym and knock off those little extra pounds like I had done in my 20’s. I am no stranger to the gym, I am very good at getting into a workout routine and I love to exercise but this time it was not as easy as I thought. I had a busy schedule and driving to the gym was an extra task to do in my already busy day. I ended up closing my gym membership since it was not being used anyway.
I decided to buy a yoga mat and practice yoga at home. I live in a small place so yoga was perfect because there’s not much needed to do it. Here is what worked for me.
Find a space in your house that works for you.
For me this space has changed. First I started in my bedroom, in there I could close the door and be free from distractions. Later I moved my practice into my living room, that has worked out the best because I have lots of light coming in from the windows and I can play instructional videos on the t.v. or turn on music on the stereo. Now my favorite place to practice is out in nature but it’s not always the most convenient. Move around and see what works best for you.
Set the mood
To make a sensual and relaxing atmosphere, I light up candles and/or incense. The incense will leave a smell in your house. I happen to like the smell, so I light it up!
I have been collecting crystals since I was in high school so now I am actually using them when I meditate after my yoga practice. They are beautiful and have healing qualities for different needs but that’s a whole other subject that requires more time. My husband recently bought his first quartz crystal, my advice to him was to select the one that he felt drawn to.
Also, as you can see I have made a little shrine for my “cositas” (little things). It’s nothing fancy, a wooden pallet I found in an alley. My shrine serves me as a reminder to take care of myself and practice my yoga.
Find a yoga video/book for your level/ incorporate music
When I fist started practicing yoga I went to YouTube for videos. I went through a lot of different ones and eventually I came across Yogi Nora. I love her style of teaching. She takes time to describe the movement, alignment and connection to the breath.
I recommend that you take the time to do your own research and find a video that is the right amount of time you want to start with, the level that you need and that the instructor on the video describes the techniques with great detail.
Another thing that is great to incorporate with yoga practice is music. Now that I have more experience I don’t need an instructor to guide me into poses, so on most mornings I start out by playing calming music from the Pandora yoga station.
There are also lots of books! This is the book that I use, it’s known as “The Bible of Modern Yoga.” It’s great because it offers step by step instructions, pictures and offers information on the effects of the posture for one’s well being.
Practice, practice, practice
Even if you only have 5, 10, 15 minutes in the morning or any time during the day. Practice your yoga, something beautiful is bound to flourish;) Namaste.