Flexible Time and Budget
With an average price of $10-15 per yoga studio class, you can save up to $2000 annually, if you choose to exercise at home three times a week instead. As the world’s economic recession drags on, many have opted out of their gym and yoga studio subscriptions in favor of workout dvds and online yoga classes. To practice yoga at home (or anywhere, for that matter) all you need is a mat.
Supplement Yoga Studio Workouts
Online yoga classes can be a good back-up plan when you can’t make it to the studio. Home practice can boost the benefits of studio lessons and help you advance faster. Beginners who want to try yoga styles that require special studio equipment (Antigravity Yoga, SUP Yoga, etc.) can first master the basics at home and build on skill and confidence. With the quick 24/7 access to on demand yoga instructions, you can practice yoga whenever you feel stressed out, anxious, or just in the mood for some exercise.
Tips For Maximizing Your Home Yoga Practice
While home yoga workouts allow for more flexibility and personalization of your workout schedule, they do lack professional supervision and all the perks it entails, including motivation and social support.
Here are some tips to help you offset these drawbacks and get that yoga body you wanted:
Plan it out.
Write down your goals for the week. How many workouts a week can you realistically fit into your schedule? For how long are you planning to work out? Do you want to target different parts of the body or work on specific postures? Create a weekly schedule. Place it somewhere you can review daily (anything from sticky notes on your fridge to Google Calendar works). Book an iron-clad appointment with your yoga mat (or, better, your online video instructor), and stick to it.
Prioritize “your” time.
Just because you’re exercising at home, don’t let other things take precedence. Talk to your family and set the ground rules for your “yoga time”. If you have kids, get them involved too, or plan to have someone watch them over while you exercise.
Join an online community to get inspiration and motivation (check out our Inspire section. Meet new people offline by joining one of the yoga meetups in your area. Team up with a friend and swap one of your regular lunches/dinner cocktails for a yoga date and herbal tea after.
Do you practice yoga at home? Share your tips in comments.
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