A good day starts with a good morning, especially if you’re not a morning person. So we need to shift old habits, switch things up and create a routine that you’ll enjoy.
So for your day to start well you need to look at your sleep routine. Keeping a regular time for bed, try to avoid screen time for an hour before bed. Ensure your bedroom is not too warm or cold.
Try to wake up at the same time everyday, and minimise your weekend lie in as it’s not as beneficial as you might think. And make your bed so you’re not tempted to get back in!
Pick an uplifting track to play in the shower, it also helps you to save water too. Even if you’re working from home get dressed as if you’re going to work.
If you’re a breakfast eater, have a breakfast party play list for a quick blast in your kitchen.
It takes a little while for new habits to form, but once you find your best morning routine you’ll definitely know.
I’ve had a number of people say that they are unable to practice at home as they don’t have a dedicated yoga space. Here’s the reality most people don’t have a dedicated space in their home where their mat is consistently out. I don’t have a dedicated space at home, I’m currently teaching from my kitchen! It’s the only space I have where I have enough space to film the whole of me and fit my mat in.
The main thing to consider when practicing at home is to have a space that you can safely practice, so do ensure that you’re not going to knock the TV off the wall so it breaks or worse still breaks whilst landing on you (we’ve all seen the video clips). Your mat should fit fully rolled out, with somewhere to safely place your phone/tablet/laptop where you can see it clearly or can easily adjust between standing and seated poses. If practicing in the garden make sure you have shade if it’s very hot.
Turn your phone to silent as you would if you were in the yoga studio. Give yourself some time both before and after class to set up your space and put it away again. Worried about children or pets putting in an appearance, don’t worry, my cat often turns up for class too, just make sure that you’re not going to squash anyone!
As for kit you really don’t need that much, a non-slip yoga mat will have you ready for class. Other items you might want to consider are a block, belt and a blanket, none are a necessity but can be quite helpful when practicing.