July 2, 2015

How to Start a Home Yoga Practice.

Yoga classes are famously zen.

Picture this: Soothing music is playing in the background. The only noise is the other students quietly laying out their mats and getting settled before the instruction begins. It’s like a picture in a magazine, right? It’s all very serene, tranquil, and soft.

It’s a whole new world, when you leave that environment, one where cell phones are discouraged and distractions are handled by someone else, and enter the dark dungeons that is a home practice.

I have a dog. Enough said.

Even as I type this, she is barking at me. This is why she is famous on my YouTube channel as being the official yoga interrupter!

Sometimes, even I wonder why I have a home practice at all. The only problem with not having one is that there are literally no studios near me, so without a home practice I’d have no practice at all!

So, here is a video to help aid you bringing your yoga mat home:

You see, I actually think we get pampered in a classroom environment. Yes, it’s a safe space, as it should be. It’s carefully guarded over by the instructor, attempting to give us a sanctuary from the rest of the chaotic world. The hardest part of a yoga class is showing up, because it is so easy to get distracted by our to-do lists. But, once we’re there, all we have to do is listen.

At home, it’s different.

If all I did was listen in my home practice, my eye would start twitching and I’d probably throw my mat at someone.

At home, not everyone around you is aware of what a yoga practice entails. People try and talk to you. Dogs run all around you and often start to pile up their toys on your mat. Phones ring. There is no escaping the distractions!

But, I think developing a home practice is one of the true tests of a yogi.

We may walk into a carefully prepared and protected space of zen when we go to a class, but when we make our own practice we are literally creating out own zen!

It’s okay if you get frustrated. The fact that you unrolled your mat in the first place means that you win. Taking a few deep breaths, moving through a few sun salutations, or just laying with your legs up the wall is a practice. It doesn’t have to be an hour. It’s all about your intention. It’s all about your breath. It’s all about bringing the zen you were exposed to in a classroom into your every day life.

So, get started! Keep it simple. Keep it gentle.


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Yoga for Busting Through Your Barriers.


Author: Stacy Porter

Editor: Travis May

Photo: Author’s Own

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Sujantra Aug 1, 2015 1:38pm

Nice post. I do the majority of my yoga at home but enjoy a weekly class at the studio

tiniertina Jul 6, 2015 9:19am

It's my bank account that lives in a yoga-sparse zone (FYI, there are seven, count-em, seven commercialized yoga venues practically all within walking distance; and there will be more to come as they follow on the heels of all the Starbuckses and caffé bene's as they move in to the area…). I still don't have adequate streaming speed for online offerings (some of which are not all that much less expensive) … …So, although I've wavered away from it and returned to it—twice; I've a home, self-practice … and previously never even so much as cracked open a Rodney Yee DVD case; not for the first couple years … My days of studio yoga (few, far between; some of the studios didn't like me "cheating" on them with my home practice) have ended over a year ago. And at least for now.

Ray Jul 4, 2015 2:28am

Adored this article, I often struggle with my home practice as it is all too easy to become distracted by life. I have a jack russell mix as well who thinks yoga is an invitation to play !

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Stacy Porter

Stacy Porter is a yoga instructor, writer, and dirt worshiper. She loves her garden, having tea parties with the fairies, and howling at the moon with her Jack Russell Terrier, Mackenzie. She’s on a mission to improve human-fairy relations one glitterbomb at a time…which just means that she passionately believes that we need to return to love, connect with Mother Earth, and remember that magic is real and already at our fingertips. She blogs about everyday magic, plant-based eating, and green spirituality at her website about everyday ways to make this world a better place. You can also find her onTwitterFacebookand Instagram.