Tips for Practicing Yoga At Home

Vine & Soul Yoga Practice Space
Vine & Soul Yoga Practice Space
Vine & Soul Yoga Practice Space

Space for Practice

Find a quiet, clean, uncluttered, pleasant room with a flat surface. The room should be well ventilated but not drafty. Practising in the draft or wind, heavily air-conditioned room or under a fan can upset the body’s temperature and cause chills. Practising in too hot or poorly ventilated space may cause unpleasant sweating, overheating or dizziness.

Avoid practising in noisy places or direct sunlight. If you wish you can light up a relaxing candle in your room. When you lite focus and picture burning away any negative thoughts or feelings you may hold – just burn them away.

Yoga Mat

Have a good quality yoga mat or rug (preferably non-slip) which sticks well to the surface and gives you good support and extra cushioning. Sliding with or on the mat can cause injuries. In turn, a very thin mat (i.e. travel mat with 3mm thickness) can make exercising rather uncomfortable or painful.

Always position your mat/rug in a space so you have the freedom to perform a variety of yogic postures and remain far from the furniture that can be knocked over. Accessories like blocks and bolsters are great however, they can be replaced with books or a stack of pillows.

Breathing

In Yoga, the rule of thumb is to breathe through the nose and not through the mouth (unless otherwise instructed).

Clothing

Wear loose or elastic, comfortable, breathable clothing. The body can be covered with a blanket or sheet when it is cold while performing the ‘Shavasana’ known as the Corpse Pose. Shoes aren’t necessary for Yoga. Most people prefer to be barefoot on their mat but if you wish to wear grippy socks you are welcome to do so.

Food Intake

Perform morning practice on an empty stomach if possible. If you are hungry and can’t see yourself getting through the class without consuming something beforehand just have a small sip of warm water and mouthful of a little protein or carbohydrates. It could be something like a piece of fruit, a few porridge oats or other cooked grains or a handful of nuts.

Ewa from Vine and Soul Yoga Practice
Ewa from Vine and Soul Yoga Practice
Ewa from Vine & Soul doing Yoga on the Roof

Joint Hyper-Mobility

Hypermobility is a condition that features joints that easily move beyond the normal range expected for that particular joint e.g knees, elbows, shoulders, fingers and hips.

Always remember to keep a micro-bend in postures where weight is on straight arms, knees, shoulder etc. (for example in plank, downward-facing dog, wheel pose). If you micro-bend your joints you don’t rest weight on your ligaments but instead, force your muscles to do the work. This will help you keep your joints stable and protect them from injuries.

Do not stretch to your maximum during the Yoga practice – this can lead to overstretching and your soft tissues in and around joints (cartilage, tendons, ligaments) can tear.

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