You’ll want to find a quiet, calm space to practice in. A space that inspires you, makes you feel comfortable and allows for enough room to lay a yoga mat. If you don’t have this type of space in your home, it will be in your best interest to create it. Take a corner of any room, bedroom works lovely, and clear away any clutter. Light a peaceful candle, fill the space with fresh flowers and maybe a picture of something or someone that inspires you. If you like to practice with music, have an iPod by and play music that complements your mood and needs. It doesn’t have to be spa music, listen to what you like!
Make this space a place you want to visit; a mini-retreat destination.
Every day that you come to your mat you will have different emotions and needs. Ask yourself each day what your mood is and what are you looking to get out of your practice. If you are filled with energy, you might need a more vigorous practice like Ashtanga or Power Yoga. If you are stressed to the max, you might need a slower paced practice like slow vinyasa or even restorative. Be aware of what you need and without judgment give yourself just that.
Be open to your needs; listen and give.
Many teachers offer virtual yoga classes now through their websites. Find a teacher that will create a video specifically for you and your needs. You’ll want to make sure they are properly trained and have completed at least 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training. Another great option is to look for a specific Yoga at-home program like HomeGrown: 30 Day Yoga at-Home for Beginners. Whichever you choose, make sure it will be suitable to your level, your needs and your time constraints. You certainly do not want an advanced yoga video if you have never practiced yoga before. That is welcoming injury onto your mat. A good teacher will ask you questions upfront to understand your injuries, needs and goals and then create a virtual program for you.
Find a teacher who can create a program or video that will suit your needs or join a program specific to your level.
The wonderful thing about a yoga practice is that you don’t need much. A yoga mat, block and strap will do. To make your practice even more inviting you can keep a lavender scented eye pillow and blanket handy. If you don’t want to spend any money, a beach towel makes for a quick and easy yoga mat and stacked up books can be used as blocks. Work with what you have but investing a little in good quality products is always worth it in my opinion.
You don’t need much to start your home practice, work with what you have and buy as needed.