One of my goals for February was to practice yoga – even for 15 minutes – every day. That hasn’t happened (not even close!) but I have practiced at home 3 days. I love the studio experience for many reasons – a guided practice helps me focus better focus since I’m not thinking about what to do next, learning new poses, good playlist, adjustments from my instructor, calm setting, no distractions, group energy.
But, my at-home practices have been pretty great too since I’m able to focus on poses that I really enjoy or that I want to work on. For example, I’ve really wanted to work on my donkey kicks into a handstand but get nervous at the studio without a wall for support. So, at home, I’m able to move my mat to the wall when practicing donkey kicks to really push my limits. (And, I’ve never needed the wall which gives me confidence without the wall.)
At home, I set my mat up in my guest bedroom. I move my space heater and humidifier into the room and let them run while I get changed and all during my practice. The rooms warms up quickly! I can definitely get my space hotter at home than at my studio. (But still not as hot as I’d like! 🙂 )
The humidifier and my lamp give off just enough light to give the room a gentle glow. The rest of the room isn’t exactly a yoga space – a basket full of wires and modems, dog toys, a laundry drying rack, etc. – but I’m able to create a little serene space in there. Finding a good yoga playlist has been harder that I thought, so I’ve been using the Phoenix station on Spotify. I really like it for yoga, other than when the artist commentary tracks come on.
For my hour-long practices, I follow this general sequence with vinyasas between almost everything:
- Sun Salutations and variations
- Balancing (e.g. standing pigeon, tree, dancer, eagle)
- Warrior II, Triangle, Side Angle series
- Warrior II to Half Moon and Reverse Half Moon
- Hip openers (usually pigeon)
- Arm balances (I’m obsessed with side crow these days) + donkey kicks
- Back strengthening poses (bow, bridge, wheel)
- Inversions (still working on forearm stand!)
I just got that carrying strap from Paz Boutique to carry my Lululemon The Mat (read my review here). It’s the Lululemon Loop It Up Mat Strap. I love having a carrying strap – it makes it so much neater and easier to store and carry. Seems kind of a obvious but I’m surprised how much I love having it. 🙂
Do you practice yoga at home? Do you make up your own sequence or use a DVD/podcast?