2) Get Essential Gear
Sure, you could strike a few poses on your bare living room floor, but it’s in your best interest to pick up a few essentials (plus, it’s fun!).
“You definitely need a mat,” says Bolen. “It doesn’t need to be expensive – you can pick one up for under $20 – especially if you’re just starting out.”
Bolen, who practices every day, does have some favourites. “I really love Manduka mats. I use them exclusively for home practice. Lululemon has some great ones as well, which are good for an everyday practice.”
Don’t stop at just a mat though. To help with poses and make your practice more comfortable, you’ll need a few other essentials. Bolen recommends getting a yoga block, yoga strap and pillows or bolsters.
Another tip? “Get yourself some great workout clothes,” says Bolen. “Treat yourself to something you feel good in.”
3) Create a Zen Space
One thing that’s great about yoga studios is their airy, bright, totally Zen atmosphere. They can completely transport you away from dirty dishes, laundry and electronics. That said, practicing yoga at home can be even more special, because you can really personalize your own space.
“I think creating a space is the most important way to ensure you’ll be successful in your home yoga practice,” says Bolen.
The key to continuing yoga at home? “Lay your mat out and make sure you leave it out,” says Bolen. “If you leave it out, every time you walk by, you’ll be reminded to do yoga.”
She also recommends choosing a space with no distractions: “no TV, no bed, no clutter.”
The fun part? “You can make it more beautiful as you go along, with candles and pillows and things like that,” she says.
4) Follow Free Yoga Routines Online
“What I like to do for my home yoga practice is do it as soon as I get up,” says Bolen. “I just get out of bed and do it right then. It helps me stay in the routine.” Luckily for at-home-yogis, Bolen has some great YouTube videos to get you started with your at-home practice.
A great short sequence to start with is her Sun Salutations video. ” Try doing a few each morning when you get out of bed,” says Bolen.
If staying motivated isn’t your strong suit, check out her video on how to stay committed to a regular yoga practice.
There are lots of other videos to check out on her YouTube show, Surviving Yoga. Be sure to check out other resources as well – Yoga Journal has some great free videos, for beginner, intermediate and advanced yogis. And be sure to check out these yoga poses for boosting energy, helping you sleep and staying young.