How to Practice Yoga at Home

by | Aug 4, 2022 | Yoga Basics | 2 comments

how to practice yoga at home

Are you a beginner who wants to practice yoga but don’t know where to start?

Are you short on time for going to a studio or a bit shy to show up? Today it’s possible – even easy – to start your yoga practice at home.

While you can practice at home, my recommendation is always to start with in-person classes – with a teacher. Here’s why:

Yoga is an experience, and experience happens in the moment. So, every class is different and even the same practice is not the same when you repeat it twice. Being together in a physical space with others helps us remain present in the experience.

When it comes to asana practice, body awareness is a central component. A teacher who gives you specific cues for poses or gives physical assistance may help you considerably with your physical practice.

A complete beginner will undoubtedly have a lot of questions, and it’s important to be able to ask a teacher right after the class.

Also, being able to chat with other practitioners – and maybe even have some friends – are further reasons to learn yoga in-person.

Still, I completely understand why some people need to start and continue their self-practice at home. You have a few options to get started.

Online Video Classes

You can browse YouTube and check out a couple of yoga channels to see which teacher speaks to you the most. There are various yoga channels which offer a wide range of classes of various lengths. Both local and international channels are available. Some of my favorites are Boho Beautiful, Breathe and Flow, and Yoga with Adriene. These channels have plenty of classes to choose from! 

When you find a teacher or channel that you like, you can stick with it for a while. I recommend doing at least 45 minute-long sessions. If you like shorter videos, you can try to combine asana, breathwork or meditation classes one after another. If you have more time that’s even better!

My choice for a regular practice here, is to stick with a program that offers videos every day for 30 days or even 21 days, for example. For me, it’s easier to follow a schedule and it’s relieving to know that I am following a theme and a balanced program. Otherwise I get used to doing the same practice and it stops being challenging at some point.

However, for some, sticking to the same routine is more comfortable. Try different models to see what works best!

Other than YouTube, keep in mind that other platforms are available too. A known example is Yoga International, but I recommend you search for the local platforms! 

Mobile Apps

There are lots of apps that you can download and use for home practices. 

Some of them are Down Dog Yoga and Alo Moves asana practices.

Insight Timer is another app which offers a variety of guided meditations, classes, live events and meditation timer for self practice.

Lastly, lots of great apps are available for guided meditation, breathwork and self-work. Yoga is not all about body postures. You can save some of your days for meditation and breathwork (pranayama) only. Some successful apps you can start with are Calm, Headspace and Meditopia.

Online Live Classes

Especially since the lockdown periods, most yoga studios/gyms have started to offer online schedules. You can either get a recommendation from friends about the local studios or do your own research. 

Most of the apps or platforms I mentioned above have live classes or events. Also, Youtubers usually have subscription based extra courses or Patreon accounts through which they share longer and detailed practices or love classes. If you like a particular YouTube channel you can follow their other platforms. 

Seane Corn, whose memoir “Revolution of the Soul” has inspired many to heal themselves through yoga, offers a regular schedule of online events and a large library of recorded sessions you can access through a subscription.

Another option is to get a private or a small group class from a teacher you know online. In this way you can still be interactive and improve your practice with an instructor.

Practicing Certain Asana & Breathwork

Lastly, you can build a practice by learning from a class or a yoga instructor friend. 

You can choose to practice a certain series, (e.g. Sun Salutation) a certain number of times a day. Then you can add more poses you like or need according to what your developing goals. If you like, you can also do certain breathwork exercises and a certain amount of meditation – and voila! You’re on your way to developing good habits.

Self practice might give you stillness and more inward focus. You can always change durations and poses therefore be more free. However keep in mind that without specific instructions your practice might not progress beyond a certain point. 

I hope this guide will help you through your home practice. Getting involved in a community like HelloYogaWorld will help you. There you’ll find experienced yoga teachers like D’ana Baptiste, Rachel Cieslewicz, and Ba Yubrah, as well as beginners who are asking questions similar to your own. The general chat in Discord is lively, and you can ask for advice from the community there.

Namaste!


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2 Comments

  1. Michael

    Great tips for how to start a yoga practice at home. I agree the best place is a studio and being with other people. Yoga is social for sure!

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  2. Tad

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful resources. I visited a new studio today and have practiced in several different studios in recent weeks. I’m a beginner and I definitely need the in-person instruction. I’ve also been in places where the options are limited, and it’s good to know where I can find help online. At least I have the HelloYogaWorld to encourage me – priceless!

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