If you don’t already have props, get some props! A studio has props to offer and you use them when you are there, so having some at home will make your home studio feel like the real deal. A good starting place is to get 2 blocks, 1 strap, 1 blanket and 1 bolster. If you are taking any virtual specialty classes, find out what props you need for the class. For example, my Yoga Tune Up Tuesdays Virtual class requires Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls (join us- you won’t believe what you are missing! Try them out here!)
- Try practicing at home in a space that is a very simple space in purpose and it will mimic this idea of calm and quiet. For example, if you are practicing in the dining room, try not to position your mat where you can see that there are dirty dishes in the kitchen sink (Is anyone else having this problem? Why are there always dirty dishes now?!), just position your mat facing the other way, etc.
- Try playing with timing. Consider waking up at a time to practice when you know everyone in your household is still asleep or busy doing something else.
- Try turning off your phone for the duration of your practice or switching it to airplane mode like you would do in a normal class.
- Practice compassion for this new situation and understand that your at home practice will definitely include some interruptions from your pets and the people you love and that is ok. Just get back to where you left off and keep going. Keep it simple.
Having a storage space for your props and yoga mat is important in making your space feel tidy after you practice. It’s also a great way to be versatile about where you actually practice in your home. If you are fortunate enough to have a regular home practice space or room then keep your stored props and mats in that space ready to use. However, if you need to be more flexible where you practice in your home, you have the option of creating a peaceful space wherever you choose to practice that day! Try being open to practicing in new spaces in your home and you might find it changes things up for you.
I would love to hear if you have any insights or questions about creating a home practice space, let me know in the comments below!