What You Need to Remember About Yoga at Home

Stay disciplined and keep up with regular practice, and you can make yoga at home work for you. Best of all, you can reap all of the amazing benefits of yoga by dedicating the right amount of time that is suitable for you.

According to Yoga Basics, you can practice yoga three or more times every week to see improvements in your flexibility, motion, strength, balance, inner peace, and well-being in general.

Shorter but more frequent sessions are recommended. It may take about 20-45 minutes long, and for a total of 3-4 hours over several days. Although you can do Yoga less than the recommended amount of time, you can still see improvements for as long as you remain committed.

The Benefits of Home Yoga

Benefits of doing yoga exercises at home

Practicing yoga has numerous benefits for the body and the mind and doing it at home is convenient and inexpensive (free in some cases). You’ll save yourself time by not having to go to a yoga studio and you can set your own schedule.

If you’re new to yoga, you may not feel comfortable performing different poses with other people around.

This makes practicing at home a great option for you. If you attend an in-person class, it may not be convenient to ask the instructor to repeat something if you’re having trouble keeping up. However, in an online class, you can simply go back in the recorded video if you miss a step.

How to Do Yoga at Home Better

doing yoga better at home takes only intention

There are no essential accessories or equipment needed for practicing yoga at home. Having a yoga mat is nice, but you can also utilize your carpet if a mat is not available. Find a quiet area that gives you enough space to perform the poses and that’s all you need.

You can enhance the experience with music and candles but aren’t essential. If you’re looking to add some props to your personal sessions, such as blocks, straps, and bolsters, check out this article from Forbes.

1. Practice in a Quiet Space

woman doing yoga and meditating home in a quiet space

It’s important you are free of distractions when practicing yoga at home. Have a clear mind and positive outlook, turn off your cell phone, and make sure there is nothing that will distract you during your session. Pay close attention to the instructor since no one will be there to give you individual feedback during an online class.

When your online yoga class is over, don’t rush back into your busy lifestyle.

Get in a little post-yoga time. You can ask your family to turn off their devices and spend time with you to just sit or recline in peace. You can all reflect together on what you currently feel and how you are doing physically and even mentally.

2. Do Your Research

Woman watching yoga online

For beginners, before you start an online class, it is helpful to research some basic yoga poses to get familiar with them and be able to pick the right yoga class for your current physical level and skills. Downward-facing dog, upward-facing dog, plank, cobra pose, tree pose, bridge pose, cat-cow pose, chair pose, child’s pose, and warrior pose are good to start with.

  • The Yoga Journal has an extensive library of poses that are classified by type (such as balancing poses and core poses), benefit (such as yoga for calm and yoga for flexibility), demographic (such as yoga for athletes and yoga for moms), and anatomy (such as poses for abs and poses for glutes).
  • A great resource is B.K.S. Iyengar’s 1966 book “Light on Yoga” contains over 600 photos of him demonstrating poses. The more knowledgeable you are, the easier the poses will be and the more motivated you’ll be to make yoga a part of your daily routine.
  • Before starting an online class, learn about the different styles of yoga to discover what is best for you. Some examples are hatha yoga (teaches poses and breathing exercises), vinyasa or “flow” yoga (a lot of movement), and yin yoga (holding poses for a long time).

3. Choose an Online Yoga Class

Woman finishing her online yoga session at home

There are plenty of resources and yoga-related materials on the web. We have made a small list for you to help you begin your online yoga journey:

  • A popular choice for those looking for free online yoga classes is Yoga with Adriene. Her YouTube channel has more than 9.5 million subscribers and 600 videos. Categories include Yoga for Complete Beginners, Yoga for Gut Health, Yoga for Self-Discipline, Yoga for Weight Loss, Yoga for Strength, Yoga for Cyclists, Yoga for Swimmers, Yoga for Golfers, Runner’s Yoga, Healthy Body Yoga, and Classroom Meditation. There is even a Yoga for Gardeners class and a Yoga for Equestrians class.
  • The Aham Yoga YouTube channel features classes and videos that provide valuable information for those new to yoga, such as “What to expect in your first yoga class,” “Three things you must know before starting yoga,” “When to inhale and exhale in yoga poses,” and “How to Stay Injury Free While Starting Yoga”.
  • For a collection of videos that contain yoga classes and other aspects of holistic health such as recipes and fitness training, check out the Koya Webb YouTube channel.
  • EkhartYoga features over 4,000 classes taught by 54 teachers. It’s $17.50 a month to subscribe, with a 14-day free trial. The website has an easy platform for selecting classes. You can choose the teacher, the style of yoga, the class duration, your level of experience, and the specific use you’re looking for (for example, energizing or mindfulness).
  • Gaia, which costs $14.99 monthly to subscribe to with a seven-day free trial, features yoga classes in addition to programs and series such as “Yogic Paths: Sharing the Magic of an Ancient Tradition” (nine episodes), “Everyday Enlightenment” (14 episodes), “The Hidden Power of Meditation” (19 episodes), “Sunrise Yoga” (64 episodes), and “Yoga Every Day” (457 episodes).
  • There is plenty of free content on the DoYogaWithMe website. Classes include “Self-Love for Kids and Families,” “Glute Blast,” “Balance the Currents of Life,” “Slow Power Flow,” and “A Strong Foundation.” For bonus videos, it costs $10 a month to join with two free months included.

The growth of online yoga classes is part of a trend in the fitness industry.


Woman doing yoga at home

“At-home fitness is in the midst of a “moment,” namely: A generation of “fitness-obsessed” millennials now having kids need the convenience of home workouts to meet the constraints of their new time-strapped lifestyles, and residents of places without strong boutique fitness footprints want in on the same workout trends that saturate urban centers.” Vox, a news website, reported in 2020.

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