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Starting a Home Yoga Practice

I meet lots of yoga students who want to practice more often but just can't find the time. When I ask if they practice at home the answer is almost always, "No." Starting a home practice isn't really as daunting as you might think. One of the most important benefits is that you can do it when it fits your schedule. Below are some thoughts for how to get started.
First, find a space where you won't be disturbed. This may be in your backyard or in the garage. It doesn't have to be large, just big enough for your yoga mat and for you to stretch your arms and legs out to the sides. You'll also want a bit of room in front of and behind your mat. Let people know you'll be practicing and do not want to be disturbed (and be firm about it).
If you like to listen to music, make sure there's an electrical outlet wherever you are. Headphones don't work. You don't have to practice to music and even if you do it doesn't have to be traditional yoga music. I usually practice to my favorite bands-even rock 'n roll. If you're feeling a bit low on energy then pick something that will energize you. If you're feeling stressed or frazzled you might want to start in silence or with more soothing music and then ramp it up (if you feel like it). Experiment.
Your room should be a comfortable temperature. Not too cold, not too hot. Start with a meditation--just sit quietly for a few minutes, riding the wave of your breath. Then start moving. Just do whatever comes to you. Try not to think about it too much--do what feels good in the moment, even if it's not a "traditional" yoga pose. Stay connected with your breath and see if you can be guided from within. With time, you'll get the hang of it.
Remember, some practice is better than none. If you only have 15 minutes, start with meditation and do an opening or a standing pose sequence. Be grateful you have some time instead of none.
I practice in the morning because whenever I've tried to do it at lunch or in the evening something always gets in the way. Try and find a time that's realistic for you. Maybe there's some space at work or in a nearby garden.
The point is, do what you can and don't beat yourself up if it doesn't measure up to some ideal you've conjured up in your head. Take it one day at a time. Tweak the things that need tweaking so you can enjoy your practice. And remember, listen to your inner guide and follow the yellow brick road!
Good luck and enjoy!
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