Do you struggle to maintain your yoga practice after you return home from the retreat? Here are some tips from our in-house teachers Iyan and Wayan to help you 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 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 reminds you of your goal. By just laying out the mat and sitting on it in a comfortable position with closed eyes and focusing 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. 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 your physical and mental well-being.
2. Stay safe
Keep your practice safe. Iyan says it is advisable to do some warm ups 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 them.
3. Am I doing it right?
Wayan thinks that breathing is the biggest challenge to a good home yoga practice. 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, which enables 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 it leads you to using this breathing technique on a regular basis. Iyan adds that there are many good videos available to assist you with yoga. These 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.
Yoga teacher, retreat leader, owner and co-founder of Oneworld Retreats Iyan Yaspriyana lives his life with passion. He has no doubts that he will reach his dreams and is using many tools and techniques to make them come true. Read more about Iyan
Wayan Partawan is a lover of yoga, dance and Kirtan. He originally joined Oneworld Retreats as yoga teacher assistant but was soon given the opportunity to lead his own retreats. Wayan completed his yoga teacher training with Yoga Arts (a Yoga Alliance Accredited teacher training) in 2010 and is a certified yoga teacher. Read more about Wayan
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