I have the pleasure of providing another guest post from Cheryl Conklin of Wellness Central. She's going to tell us how we can ensure we can get our develop our yoga practice, right from the comforts of our home. Enjoy!!!
Yogis and Yoginis need a dedicated space to practice their various yoga disciplines. Any yoga expert understands the need to transform a space into a haven of wellness, relaxation, and peace for best practice. To deepen your practice, you need to keep motivated and find ways to reconnect with the self.
Check Your Stress
The first part of any yoga practice is stress relief. To achieve the state of relaxation and peace that comes with the exercise, you’ll first need to clear your head of any business related anxieties you may be feeling. Here are some great tips on how to manage stress, like using heavy breathing and stopping the stress train in its tracks. You’ll have a far more beneficial and satisfying yoga experience if you do. Combining stress relief yoga poses with the other techniques can multiply the benefits of each, resulting in positive health results like lowering your blood pressure, boosting your immune system, reduced muscle tension, and improving gut and intestinal health.
Invest in New Equipment
Investing in new good quality equipment can be motivating. It's a way of saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new. Yoga mats usually have a lifespan of six to eight months, so it's important to replace them regularly. If you're slipping and your mat is thinning, it's time to buy a new one.
Two other items that every yoga room should have are blocks and straps. Blocks add that extra elevation to make hard poses more accessible, which can help enhance your stretch. Another item to invest in is yoga straps, the perfect solution for reaching your toes, stretching out tired muscles, and holding poses.
Source Online Classes
If you practice one style of yoga, such as Kripalu, sign up for other disciplines and expand your repertoire. There are numerous types of hatha yoga styles, each of which is worth exploring. Adding something new to your yoga schedule will not only inspire you, but also allow you to deepen your yoga practice. Whether it's Vinyasa, Iyengar, or Ashtanga, there are plenty of online yoga classes available. Free yoga classes are often available on YouTube; otherwise, there are apps, websites, and private Facebook groups that focus on specific yoga styles.
Follow a Routine
To maximize the benefits of yoga, it needs to be practiced regularly. Set a daily or weekly routine for your yoga classes, and stick to it. To get the most out of yoga, make sure you’re eating properly, and exercising regularly. Daily meditation can also help enhance the yoga experience. Following a routine also means checking in with your overall health. Consider holistic nutrition, which is eating foods as close to natural as possible. Those include foods that are unrefined, organic, and locally grown.
Combining Yoga With Massage
Many people like having a massage either before a yoga session to warm and stretch muscles, or after for a truly relaxing experience. Either before or after, there are many benefits to adding massage to your yoga schedule.
Sticking With Yoga at Home
It can be hard to follow the same routine day in and day out, so careful planning is required to keep up motivational levels and ensure your space is kept refreshed. When you deepen your yoga practice through routine, it can help you find balance in other areas of your life.
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