“Can I practice yoga at home?” is a question I am often asked by yoga beginners. When you first start yoga it can feel quite daunting to practice yoga by yourself at home. However, as we all know “practice makes perfect” and, while the goal of yoga is not “perfection per se”, the more you practice, the easier it becomes for you to achieve your personal health and wellness goals.

Seven Golden Tips To Remember When You Practice Yoga at Home

1. Like any other discipline, it is essential you first gain a thorough introduction into yoga postures before attempting to practice by yourself at home. There are lots of very good yoga for beginners DVDs on the market and most book stores sell a selection of yoga books which cover the essential poses.

2. If possible, enroll on a yoga for beginners course or attend a drop-in class at your local yoga studio. This will give you first hand experience under the watchful eye of a yoga instructor. This is the ideal place to learn yoga and then at home you can practice one or two of your favourite poses.

3. It is better to practice little and often. If you can, spend 5 – 20 minutes every day practicing yoga. Your home practice can consist of a variety of yoga asanas, maybe a sequence which you learnt at class; a few minutes breathing or meditation. The key is to get into the routine of practicing on a regular basis.

4. Be gentle with yourself. Sometimes, life gets in the way and it is not possible to practice as much as you would like. Maybe you have recently given birth, or suffered a loss in the family. In these cases, a few gentle poses or just resting in savasana (the Corpse Pose) can quietly restore and re-balance your emotions. At all times, remember to listen to your body and treat yourself with respect and care.