Millions of Americans do yoga. On an average weekend in a small city anywhere in the US, you can head to the museum for a yoga and wine class, practice with a traveling yoga instructor at your nearby studio, watch countless YouTube yoga tutorials, get your walk and yoga in while at the park, and visit one of hundreds of subscription yoga websites with downloadable content. And whenever or wherever you find yourself, it’s always acceptable to wear your yoga pants.
In a society with so much yoga, there still is an absence of information about constructing a home yoga practice. A healing art that once was centered on an individual yoga practice has been modernized into a social and group activity. (And thank goodness for that!) But when group classes stop serving their purpose, your intentions pull you on your mat at home, or you search for a supplement to your group classes, these ABCs will serve as a foundation for developing your unique at-home yoga practice.
A – Area
One of the biggest hurdles in cultivating a home practice is creating the space where we can retreat, escape, and center. Clearly defining your yoga space physically and mentally is one of the most essential pieces to maintaining a beneficial practice. Assess your options and pick a location that has the crucial components for you. For most of us, we need a space that has one or more of the following: