Making Space for Yoga @ Home
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.
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Author: Anouska Anderson