4 simple tips to practice yoga at home
Do you struggle to keep practicing yoga after you got back home from the retreat? Here are some tips from our in-house teachers Iyan and Wayan to add yoga to your daily routine.
1. How to start off a yoga practice at home?
Wayan says that one of the main reasons people stop practicing yoga is a lack of time and/or motivation. A first step would be to have your yoga mat in a visible and easy to reach spot so it works as a reminder of your goal. By just laying out the mat and sitting on it in a comfortable position with closed eyes and focus on your breathing you can start your yoga practice. Following this you can do a few sun salutations to warm up the body and finish with some basic asanas. You end your practice with relaxation by laying on your back. Iyan says 15 minutes is all you need to start your day with a lifted spirit, a calm mind and an increased energy flow in your body for the day ahead. Morning practice provides many benefits that will improve the physical and mental well-being.
2. Stay safe
To keep your practice safe, Iyan says it is advisable to do some warm up first to awaken your muscles. This can be done with some stretching and sun salutations. It is recommended to keep the yoga asanas simple so your body is comfortable with it.
3. Am I doing it right?
Wayan thinks that the biggest challenge to do a good home yoga practice is breathing. When you do the poses you should not hold your breath as this will cause stress and make it harder for you to hold your pose. Iyan adds that breathing slowly and fully is recommended as most people only use a small fraction of their lung capacity. Start by exhaling as much air as possible; this will enable you to bring in more oxygen when you’re inhaling. This will not only benefit you in your practice, but you will probably find that this will lead you to using this breathing technique on a regular basis.
Iyan also adds that there are a lot of good videos available to assist you with yoga. This can give you tips on how to breathe and position yourself during poses.
4. Tend to skip a few days?
Wayan shares that the best way to stay committed to your home yoga practice is to keep it simple and short in the beginning and make a promise to yourself to practice. Iyan says by starting of your daily yoga practice with a 21-day challenge you can easily make it a routine in your life.
Iyan Yaspriyana has the wonderful ability to live and enjoy the present moment. The combination of his Asian heritage coupled with his passion for yoga and meditation, has helped him reach a state of mind which encompasses serenity and peacefulness.
He was born in Java and after moving to Bali he discovered the depth and true merits of yoga. In 2003 he achieved his designation as an “Ashtanga” yoga teacher with the renowned Australian ‘Yoga Arts School’ of Byron Bay. Iyan has been successfully leading retreats since 2004.
Iyan’s method of teaching yoga reflects his view of life……one moment at a time and continually evolving.
Wayan Partawan is a lover of yoga and of kirtan. Over the past couple of years, Wayan has been the assistant and student of many retreat leaders at Kumara. He doesn’t miss an opportunity to go deeper in his practice. Wayan is a certified yoga teacher after completing the Yoga Arts teacher training in 2010.