Confession: I’ve never been to a yoga studio.
I want to get my yoga on alone, at peace, in my own tiny space and just do my thing.
In the last two years, I’ve built myself a pretty killer home yoga practice that keeps me motivated, challenged and inspired.
A practice that genuinely allows me to grow both in my yoga practice and in myself.
Patience, peace, sense of clarity, that kinda thing.
Want some simple, beginner-friendly yoga home practice tips, so that you can do the same? Keep reading!
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Today I’m going to share with you 10 easy tips for building a successful home practice — so that you can make your home yoga practice the best it can be!
1 | Find a peaceful space for your home yoga practice
Something that you can claim for an hour just for YOU.
It doesn’t have to be huge! You can practice in a teeny, tiny corner of a room and make it work.
All that matters is that your space is peaceful and safe.
Try to find a little nook with minimal mess, noise, and chaos, and you’re well on your way to a home yoga-sesh success!
2 | Pick a time for your yoga practice and stick to it
I cannot emphasize this enough.
Consistency leads to growth.
When you make a deal with yourself to show up in your cozy little yoga space, you’re giving yourself the chance to grow and build something extraordinary.
Something that lets you honor your body and mind every damn day and gives you the opportunity to move and breathe. To find a little oasis within the hectic reality of day to day life.
So pick a time.
5 AM, 10 PM, whatever works for your schedule.
And just show up.
3 | Start your home yoga practice at the right level
+ Lower your expectations!
If you’ve never done yoga before, don’t jump on the mat expecting to just flow through the Ashtanga Primary Series with ease. You might die. Vinyasas are no joke, okay?
I don’t care if you’re in shape or have an athletic background.
Start with a basic class that covers all the beginner poses.
Get familiar with the alignment of the poses, the most common cues, and your breath.
Start smart. Start small!
4 | Have confidence + common sense (in your body and self)
Have you ever thought that you can’t do yoga or you can’t do yoga right — just because you’re not in a physical yoga class?
Thing is, you know your body best.
All you need to do is listen.
Your body is made to move and breathe.
Yoga is movement and breath combined.
So you damn well better believe that you got this!
It’s not rocket science. Take it slowly, be kind to your body, stop pushing yourself. Stop if you’re in pain. Listen to the teacher. Don’t attempt inversions or arm balances alone. Take a break when you need one.
Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
5 | Get a good quality yoga mat + useful yoga props
Confidence is great and all, but you can’t have a successful yoga practice at home if you’re stumbling, slipping and falling on your mat.
You can start with a cheap PVC mat from your local whatever-store, but if you know that yoga is your thing, you’re in it to win it, you’re going to practice every damn day — you need a good quality yoga mat.
It has allowed me to get so much deeper in my practice because I don’t have to constantly worry anymore.
Do you know how amazing it feels when you can actually stay stable in the Downward Dog without your hands and feet sliding around like you’re swimming in a pool of butter? Yoga-life changing.
6 | Find the perfect teacher for your home yoga practice
Be greedy. Shop around!
There are tons of amazing, talented, beautiful yoga teachers on YouTube.
If everyone you ask is pushing you towards the same teacher who’s ‘just sooooOoo perfect for beginners’ …but you just can’t vibe with them, no problem! Look at you listening to your body!
Don’t settle for less than you need.
Your yoga practice will stall and you’ll lose all motivation if you try to do it somebody else’s way.
Do it your way.
So be patient, try out different teachers, and wait til it really clicks. If you need teacher recommendations, check out this post!
7 | Find your perfect yoga style
Not all yoga is created equal.
I need dynamic, sweaty movement that challenges every part of my body and quiets all thoughts in my head. Moving meditation.
What do you need?
A way to stretch your body? To restore your body and mind? To heal your body? Something to help you channel your spirituality?
Start with basic Hatha yoga but don’t be scared to experiment with other styles like Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Yin…
The yoga world is full of surprises and there’s a style out there that’s perfect for you.
8 | Experiment and challenge yourself in your yoga practice
Don’t be scared to challenge yourself.
Experiment with different styles, teachers, yoga poses. Meditate, chant, get upside down.
It’s good to keep your body guessing!
Maybe you can set a goal for yourself:
- Practice a certain pose every day for a month
- Commit to 30 minutes of daily yoga for a week
- Get through that Ashtanga Primary Series without dying
9 | Don’t be afraid to ask for help
As much as I believe in building a home yoga practice, I also believe in asking for help.
If you’re struggling with your practice or having trouble with something yoga-related, reach out for advice!
Comment, email, maybe visit your local yoga studio and chat with a teacher there.
Approach your favorite yoga teacher on YouTube, social media, or even email.
I promise you that they won’t think you’re some sort of a weirdo stalker.
They’re sharing their yoga journey with you to inspire you and help you.
10 | Figure out your ‘why’
What’s the main motivation behind your yoga practice? Why do you want to build a home yoga practice?
How is it going to benefit you? How is it going to make your life better?
Maybe it’s a combination of things.
My big motivator is the moving meditation. I like the feeling of my body getting exhausted and my mind being completely free, calm, quiet. I love how strong yoga makes me feel. And I live for reaching new dimensions in my practice — new poses, more flexibility, more balance.
I mean, it doesn’t have to be anything deep and yogi-like.
Maybe you just like living in yoga pants!
Maybe your main motivator are the yoga girls on Instagram, or wanting to rock all the cool-looking inversions.
If so, I totally get you.
And that’s a great motivation to have! You do you.
Ready to get your home yoga practice game on point?
I hope these yoga home practice tips have inspired you to get your yoga on.
Don’t overthink it too much. You don’t need a fancy studio to have a rewarding yoga practice!
All you need is a space and a body. To move and breathe.
It’s kind of freeing, in a way, isn’t it? You really don’t need all the bells and whistles and props and cute yoga tops.
I’d give anything to live right by the beach so I could do some simple sun salutations every morning.
That would be the best kind of home yoga practice. Toes in the sand, the fresh air in my hair… Ahhh.
Do you have a home yoga practice yet? Let’s chat down in the comments!
Hi, I’m Vivi! I’m a transformation mentor, writer, and yoga enthusiast. My life’s purpose is empowering spiritually curious women to be and do whatever the hell they want to. I’m here to share my journey and truth with you — unapologetically, with a touch of sarcasm and a lot of heart. I want to help you grow and follow your soul’s desire, not anybody else’s rules. I write weekly about personal growth and yoga on this blog. You can join the List to receive a weekly letter of inspiration and guidance!